Allan Stewart (Allen) MCMASTER


MCMASTER, Allan Stewart

Service Number: 4530
Enlisted: 5 August 1915, 5 years 16th Batt Cadets, to Lieut
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Inverell, New South Wales, January 1895
Home Town: Adamstown, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Master Boot maker
Died: Killed in action, France, 9 April 1917
Cemetery: Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery, Beaumetz-les-Cambrai
Row E, Grave 2
Memorials: Adamstown Methodist Church Honour Roll, Hope of Adamstown Tent No I.O.R. 76, Newcastle Adamstown Methodist Church Memorial Window
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World War 1 Service

5 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4530, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 5 years 16th Batt Cadets, to Lieut
15 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4530, 3rd Infantry Battalion
15 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4530, 3rd Infantry Battalion, RMS Osterley, Sydney
27 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 3rd Infantry Battalion
27 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 3rd Infantry Battalion
19 Oct 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 3rd Infantry Battalion
24 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 3rd Infantry Battalion

2nd Lieutenant Allen (Allan) Stewart McMaster

From Gary Mitchell, Australia and NZ in WWI

102 years ago today, on the 9th April 1917, 2nd Lieutenant Allen (Allan) Stewart McMaster, 3rd Battalion, master bootmaker from Victoria Street, Adamstown, New South Wales, was killed in action, age 22.

Born at Tingha, New South Wales 1895 as MacMaster to Duncan McIntyre (died 1942) and Mary (died 1957) McMaster of Stockton, New South Wales, Allen enlisted August 1915 at Newcastle, N.S.W.

His name has been inscribed on the Adamstown Citizens' Memorial, Adamstown Independent Order of Rechabites, Hope of Adamstown Tent No. 76 Honour Roll (photo, unveiled on the 25th April 1921) and the Adamstown Methodist Church Honour Roll.

Unfortunately, no Roll of Honour circular was submitted.

Younger brother Norman Gordon (Reg No-59634, born 1899, died 1987) also served 1st A.I.F.

Older brother Colin Alexander (Reg No- 26505, born 1893, died 1978) also served 1st A.I.F.

Many thanks to Marion Davis for the photo of the Adamstown Independent Order of Rechabites, Hope of Adamstown Tent No. 76 Honour Roll.

Lest We Forget.

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Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

Son of Duncan McIntyre McMaster and Mary McMaster, of Victoria St., Adamstown, New South Wales.

Adamstown Soldier's Death,
Mr. and Mrs. D. McMasters, of Victoria Street, Adamstown, received the sad news last evening that their son, Second-Lieut. A. S. McMasters, was killed in action on Easter Monday. He was 22 years of age last birthday, having sailed with reinforcements for the third battalion. Prior to enlisting the late Lieut. McMasters was a lieutenant in the Senior Cadets of the Adamstown area but he enlisted as a private. Later he was appointed warrant officer on arrival in Egypt. On landing in France he proceeded to the trenches as a private, but two days after entering the trenches received the rank of corporal. Then on Monday last, his parents received a letter in which he stated
he had received his commission as second-lieutenant. Whilst in Adamstown Lieut. McMasters took a keen interest in the work of the Methodist Church, and was highly respected by all with whom he came, in contact. Much sympathy is expressed with his family throughout the suburb. He has another brother, Gunner C. McMasters now fighting with the artillery in France. At the Adamstown Patriotic Committee meeting last night the Mayor, Ald. Robin, expressed sympathy with the bereaved parents, who were ardent workers in all patriotic movements. He moved that a letter of condolence be sent to the parents Mr. O'Hagan seconded the motion, and expressed regret at the news. Several members of the committee spoke in similar terms. The motion was carried by all present standing.