Allan Roy (Speed) TAIT


TAIT, Allan Roy

Service Number: 2217
Enlisted: 25 April 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Lithgow, New South Wales, 15 March 1897
Home Town: Hermitage Flat, Lithgow, New South Wales
Schooling: Cooerwull Public School, Lithgow
Occupation: Solicitor's Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915, aged 18 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Grave Reference, Sp. Mem. C. 70
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lithgow War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

25 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2217, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Liverpool, New South Wales
16 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2217, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2217, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Karoola, Sydney
6 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2217, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Private Allan Tait, whose parents reside at Hermitage Flat, was in the employ of Mr. Richards, solicitor, Lithgow, for some years. He is reported missing since August 19. He was 18 years of age." - from the Sydney Morning Herald 06 Sep 1915 (

"Private A. R. Tait. of Lithgow, who has been reported missing by the defence authorities, is stated by the Red Cross organisation to have been killed." - from the Mudgee Guardian 25 Nov 1915 (


After months of weary waiting and keen anxiety the family of Pte. A. R. Tait, of Hermitage Flat, Lithgow, have received a telegram from Col. Luscombe to the effect that the young soldier, who was previously reported missing, was killed in action between August 6 and August 9. Advices from the Red Cross Society and the Y.M.C.A., through which channels Mr. E. P. Richards, by whom young Tait was formerly employed, presumed death a couple of months ago. Now that the lad's death is officially reported, no further doubt can be entertained. Sincere sympathy will be extended to the family in the loss of a bright and brave son, who sacrificed his life on the alter of civilisation and liberty." - from the Lithgow Mercury 12 Jan 1916 (