Leslie ALLEN


ALLEN, Leslie

Service Number: 4436
Enlisted: 17 November 1915, Bass, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Seymour, Tasmania, Australia, 1893
Home Town: Taranna, Tasman, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Mouquet Farm, France, 3 September 1916
Cemetery: Serre Road Cemetery No.1
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4436, Bass, Tasmania
8 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4436, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4436, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Warilda, Melbourne
19 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 52nd Infantry Battalion
3 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4436, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm

Service History

Born: Seymour, Tasmania
Son of Egbert & Lucy ALLEN
Of Taranna, Tasmania
Occupation prior to enlisting: Farm Labourer
Enlisted: 17 November 1915
Embarkation: 8 February 1916 from Melbourne per ‘Warilda’
Age: 22 years
Served in France
Killed in Action: 3-4 September 1916 at Mouquet Farm
Buried: Serre Rd Cemetery, No 1, France Plot 7, Row 4, Grave 12

Photograph Tasmania Weekly Courier 14 March 1918 Insert 5

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Son of Egbert and Lucy ALLEN

Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Leslie Allen enlisted in November 1915, as a 22 year old farm labourer from Taranna Tasmania and was sent overseas as part of the 12th Battalion. He was posted to the 52nd Battalion in Egypt as part of the splitting up the AIF during the early part of 1916. He was killed in action during the last AIF attack on Mouquet Farm on the night of 3rd September 1916. His body was buried on the battlefield and was reinterred after the war into the Serre Road Cemetery No 1 (Plot VII, Row H, Grave 12), at Beaumont-Hamel, France. 

The following notice appeared in the Hobart Mercury October 1916.

“Allen-Leslie, dearly loved and third oldest son of Egbert and Lucy Allen, Taranna, aged 23 years. He nobly did his duty, and gave his life for his King and Country.”

A year later, on the the anniversary of his death in the Hobart Mercury September 1917.

“Allen -In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Leslie, who was killed in action between 3rd and 5th September, 1916, aged 24 years. His King and Country called him,The call was not in vain- On Taranna's Roll of Honour, You will find our hero's name. Inserted by his fond parents, brothers, and sisters.”

His brothers

ALLEN, Pte Paul, 108 51st Bn Australian Inf Died of wounds 3rd April 1917 Age 19 Son of Egbert and Lucy Allen of Taranna Tasmania Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La-Boisselle II D 38. 

ALLEN, Pte. Edwin, 329. 40th Bn. Australian Inf. Killed in action 28th July, 1917. Age 28. Son of Egbert and Lucy Allen, of Taranna, Tasmania. Kandahar Farm Cemetery Neuve-Eglise II. F. 14.

3619 Pte. ALLEN, James, 26th Bn. AIF returned to Australia 15 April 1918.