Allan Hastings CONIGRAVE

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CONIGRAVE, Allan Hastings

Service Number: 3066
Enlisted: 9 August 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Norwood, South Australia, 19 August 1896
Home Town: North Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Rose Park Public School
Occupation: Salesman
Died: Killed in Action, France, 3 October 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Rose Park Public School WW1 Honour Board, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

9 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
12 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3066, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3066, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Medic, Adelaide
3 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3066, 27th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"

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Biography

Allan Hastings CONIGRAVE was born on 19th August, 1896 in Norwood, South Australia

His parents were Henry CONIGRAVE and Alice SCHRODER

He had previous service for 3 years SOA Senior Cadets & transferred to 34th AFA for 12 months before he enlisted on 9th August, 1915 with the  Australian Army - he was with the 27th Battalion, 7th reinforcements - Unit embarked from Adelaide on board HMAT Medic on 12th January, 1916

Allan was Killed in Action on 3rd October, 1918 in France - no known grave - he is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial, Villers Bretonneux, France & the Australian War Memorial.

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The Register, Adelaide 26th October 1918

FOR KING AND COUNTRY

CONIGRAVE.- Killed in Action in France on the 3rd October, 1918, Private Allan H Conigrave, dearly beloved second son of Mr. H and the late Mrs. Conigrave of Daphne Street, Prospect, aged 22 years

Inserted by his loving Father, Brothers & Sisters & his dear friend Melba.

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"LATE PTE. ALLAN H. CONIGRAVE

Pte. Allan H. Conigrave, who was killed in action in France on October 3, was the second son of Mr. H. and the late Mrs. Conigrave, of Daphne street, Prospect. He was born on August 19, 1896, and after education at the Rose Park School entered the stationery business. As a member of the Senior Cadets 80th Battalion he took a keen interest in military affairs, and was a member of the champion team in the 4th Military (S.A.) District competitions for the best all round company in 1911-12, and visited Melbourne with that team to compete against the champion teams from all the other military districts in Australia. In the district competitions of the following year the team of which he was a member was again successful, and that year the team visited Sydney to compete against the teams' of the other States. As a member of these teams be received the medal and ribbon issued by the Commonwealth Government on each occasion. He was also a member of a team of 12 drawn from the 80th Battalion who were successful in winning the A.N.A. shooting shield in 1913. On transferring to the Citizen Forces he became a member of the 34th Battery Field Artillery.

He enlisted for active service in August, 1915, and left with 7th Reinforcements 27th Battalion in January, 1916, as temporary corporal. After a week or two in Egypt he went to France, and as there was no vacancy in the battalion for a corporal he reverted to the ranks. Pte. Conigrave took part in the heavy fighting in which the 27th Battalion was engaged, and went to England on a 10 days' furlough in July, 1917. In London he met his sister, and spent a pleasant time with her. Returning to France he rejoined his unit and was engaged with it until the last week of August, 1918, when he received a fortnight's leave. He again met his sister, and also his younger brother, Sap. H. F. Conigrave, of 6th Divisional Signalling Company of Engineers. Together they spent a happy time at Oxford. Pte. A. H. Conigrave left there for France on September 9 last. Of a quiet unassuming manner, he endeared himself to his many friends." - from the Adelaide register 28 Oct 1918 (nla.gov.au)

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