James George ALLEN MM

ALLEN, James George

Service Number: 601
Enlisted: 22 August 1914, Maryborough, Queensland
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Warra, Queensland, Australia, 23 October 1881
Home Town: Maryborough, Fraser Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Endocarditis & Syncope, Brisbane, Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 18 June 1919, aged 37 years
Cemetery: Toowong (Brisbane General) Cemetery, Queensland
Plot 10, Row 40, Grave 3, Toowong Cemetery, Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Maryborough City Hall Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Maryborough, Queensland
24 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 601, 9th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli,

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24 Sep 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 601, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Omrah, Brisbane
26 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 601, 9th Infantry Battalion,

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19 Apr 1917: Honoured Australian Service Medal
9 Aug 1918: Discharged AIF WW1

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9 Battalion

Rank - Sergeant

Returned to Australia 12 March 1918

Award Military Medal. Citatin reads:

On the night 4/5th June 1916 he displayed the greatest coolness and showed great devotion to duty. He was posted with two small groups of "look outs" on the right flank of the new works in sector N.8.3., a very exposed place. Very heavy shell fire developed over this sector and it became necessary to withdraw the garrison with the exception of the above quoted two groups of sentries. It was possible to arrange these groups in comparative safety but the N.C.O. had to continually cross a very exposed area to visit the groups. This he did continually. Shells of all calibres were falling in this area, on one occasion a tree under which the Corporal was passing was struck by a shell and destroyed. Notwithstanding the danger to himself Corporal Allen remained cool and collected and continued to carry out his duties in a manner that can only be described as exemplary, his own calm having a considerable effect on his men. The shelling of this spot lasted for over an hour.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Husband of Edith Allen, Richmond Lane, Maryborough, Queensland; Son of Joseph Francis and Frances Elizabeth Allen