Allen (Sonny) ANSELL



Service Number: 59
Enlisted: 21 August 1914, Enlisted at Melbourne
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 1881
Home Town: Abbotsford, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Lithgow Street State School, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Driver
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave Panel 26
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

21 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 59, 6th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Melbourne
19 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 59, 6th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
19 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 59, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Allan and Mary Ansell. Husband of Elizabeth Ansell of 86 Anderson Street, North Richmond, Victoria. Father of Vernon Ansell and Coral Ansell

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

Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

The Ansell’s were from a Melbourne boxing family, Allan and Albert both enlisted in 1914 in the 6th Battalion on the same day and had consecutive regimental numbers. The following article appeared in the Melbourne Winner 12 April 1916.


'The honours of the war in connection with a Victorian boxing family go to the three sons of the well-known Abbotsford carrier, Allen Ansell. Albert Ansell (bantam) was killed on picket duty; 'Son' Ansell (lightweight) is missing; while Frank Ansell (ex-amateur champion of Victoria) is still fighting, and has been promoted to sergeant.

Allan was killed at the Landing on the 26 April 1915 and his brother Albert was lightly wounded and sent to a hospital ship. Albert was back in time for the Krithia battle a fortnight later and was shot and killed instantly on the 8 May 1915 whilst on sentry duty.'

Another brother Francis Lingum Ansell, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Tropical Unit, served up in New Guinea for five years.

Allan Ansell left a wife Eliza Anne, and was the father of two children aged 12 and 13.