Percy Henry David ALLENGAME

ALLENGAME, Percy Henry David

Service Number: 1966
Enlisted: 4 October 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Macclesfield, South Australia, 10 October 1891
Home Town: Tailem Bend, Murray Bridge, South Australia
Schooling: Cooks Plain Public School and Coonalpyn Public School
Occupation: Linesman (PMG)
Died: Killed in Action, Fleurbaix, France, 20 July 1916, aged 24 years
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
No known grave - Memorial Panel 4 and Panel 119 at the AWM, VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Postmaster General's Department WWI Honour Board , Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Macclesfield ANZAC Memorial Gardens, Tailem Bend and District Honour Roll, V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial
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World War 1 Service

4 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1966, Adelaide, South Australia
7 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1966, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1966, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1966, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
20 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1966, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix), --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 1966 awm_unit: 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-07-20

Eye Witnesses - Red Cross Records

The following men were recorded as witnesses to the fate of Private Percy ALLENGAME at Fromelles

Private Smith, Cyril Gordon George 2111 (DoW Dec 1915)

Private Redmond, Stephen Michael 1351

Private Glassett, Leonard 1269

Lieutenant Sinclair, Aubrey Clyde

Lieutenant Mills, Samuel Ernest Goold

Private Allengame, Frederick William 4983


The Advertiser Thursday 20 September 1917 page 6

Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Allengame, of Tailem Bend, have been officially notified that their third son, Private Percy H. D. Allengame, bomb thrower, aged 24 years, was killed in action on July 20th, 1916. He was previously reported missing. Private Allengame enlisted in October of 1915, and left for Egypt on February 7, 1916, where after some months' training he, with his battalion, embarked for France. At the time of enlisting he was employed as linesman by the Commonwealth Telegraph Department in the metropolitan area.

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SA Birth Record

Father Henry George Allengame and Mother Mrs Sarah Allengame,
living at Tailem Bend SA.

Described on enlisting as 23 years 11 months old; single; 5' 7 3/4" tall; fair
complexion; blue eyes; brown hair; Methodist.

4/10/1915    enlisted in Adelaide, SA

14/10/1915  Commanding Officer appointed Percy to E Company, 2nd Depot,

7/2/1916      embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide on board HMAT A28 Miltiades
                   as a Private in 3rd reinforcements, 32nd Infantry Battalion, 8th Infantry Brigade
11/3/1916    disembarked into Suez, Egypt

Entered into 8th Training Battalion, Zeitoun.

1/4/1916     taken on strength into 32nd Battalion, Duntroon Plateau

17/6/1916   embarked to join British Expeditionary Forces, ex Alexandria
                  on board HMAT Transylvania
23/6/1916   disembarked into Marseilles, France 

20/7/1916   noted as "MISSING"

20/7/1916   later stated as:   killed in action at Feur Baix, Fromelles

Private 2111 C G G Smith stated:
"at 3.30am on 20/7/1916 at Feur Baix, the 32nd battalion made an attack on
 German trenches 
Private Smith was wounded and lying by the side of a shell hole,
  in which he saw 
the body of Private Allengame, whom he knew well. 
  Private Allengame and Private 
Smith were lying in the trenches between the
  German and English trenches."

NO known grave

His name is commemorated on Panel 4 to the Missing at VC Corner Cemetery
on the Memorial at Fromelles, France.

British War medal (31853); Victory medal (31630); Memorial Plaque and
Memorial Scroll (329607)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  21/5/2015.  Lest we forget.