Morton McLeod ALLAN


ALLAN, Morton McLeod

Service Number: 1964
Enlisted: 2 February 1915, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kadina, South Australia, Australia, 28 February 1894
Home Town: West Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Fremantle Technical School
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 20 September 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour Book, Boulder Roll of Honour, Fremantle Fallen Sailors & Soldiers Memorial, Lindisfarne Officers of the 12th Battalion Pictorial Honour Roll, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

2 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Perth, Western Australia
1 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1964, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1964, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
1 Dec 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 12th Infantry Battalion
28 Jan 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 12th Infantry Battalion
9 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 12th Infantry Battalion
3 Apr 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion, And 12th Infantry Battalion Intelligence officer
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

Bank of NSW employee

After receiving public school education he entered a business college for a term.
Joined the Bank of New South Wales, Fremantle, Western Australia, branch, 10 April 1910; transferred to Perth branch, May 1911; to Kalgoorlie branch, August 1914.
Embarked from Fremantle WA on board HMAT A20 Horarata on 26 April 1915.
After the Somme battle of July 1916, in which he took part, he was recommended for a commission, and proceeded to the Gales School of Instruction in Scotland. He was gazetted lieutenant in October, and re-joined his battalion in France. After eleven months of further service a the front, he was killed by an enemy shell in Polygon Wood on 20th September 1917.

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Morton McLeod ALLAN was born on 28th February, 1894 in Kadina, South Australia  (his war record states he was born in Perth which is incorrect)

His parents were Thomas ALLAN and Mary Elizabeth MELVILLE

He enlisted  with the Australian Army on 2nd February, 1915 - he was with the 12th Battalion, 5th reinforcements - Unit embarked from Fremantle on board HMAT Hororata on 26th April, 1915

Morton was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 23rd October, 1916 and to Lieutenant on 7th February, 1917 - he was recommended for an award on 2nd March, 1917 for conspicous gallantry and iniitiative under fire (Award name unknown)

He was Killed in Action on 20th September, 1917 in Polygon Wood ( no known grave) and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and also the Australian War Memorial - he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & the Victory Medal.


Daily News, Perth - 27th October, 1917


ALLAN.- Killed in action in France, Lieutenant Morton McLeod Allan aged 23, eldest son of Rev. T & E Allan, brother of Arthur (on active service), Gordon & Stanley. After two & a half years of service in Egypt, Gallipoli & France.

"A loving son, a true man, a cheerful soldier"


West Australian Perth 21st September, 1923

IN MEMORIAM.  Anzac Heroes.

ALLAN.- In loving memory of Morton McLeod Allan killed in action in Polygon Wood, Sept. 20, 1917 after 2 years & 5 months service

"Tenderly Remembered"

Inserted by his Father, Mother & Brothers.