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Thomas McLellan ALLEN

Regimental number2808
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPlumber
Address414 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Allen, 26 Lydia Street, East Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date20 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name7th Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 30 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal


Recommendation date: 20 January 1919

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For continuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the morning of 18th September, 1918 during the advance near LE VERGUIER this soldier was in charge of a reconnoitring party detailed to bring in information of the country in the LE VERGUIER sector from which the enemy had just been driven. In spite of heavy shelling and machine gun fire during the counter attack he kept his party together and thoroughly explored the area, bringing in much valuable information re water supply and enemy R.E. Dumps. These were thus made available immediately for our troops who were occupying the evacuated positions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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