Paul ALLEN

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ALLEN, Paul

Service Number: 108
Enlisted: 1 March 1916, Hobart, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Seymour, Tasmania, Australia, 1898
Home Town: Taranna, Tasman, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 3 April 1917
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Plot 2, Row D, Grave 38 INSCRIPTION LORD WITH ME ABIDE
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

1 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 108, Hobart, Tasmania
1 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 108, 40th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 108, 40th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Hobart
3 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 108, 51st Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

Service History

Born: Seymour, Tasmania
Son of Egbert & Lucy ALLEN
Of Taranna, Tasmania
Occupation prior to enlisting: Farmer
Enlisted: 1 March 1916
Embarkation: 1 July 1916 from Hobart per ‘Berrima’
Age: 18 years
Served in France
Wounded in Action: 2 April 1917 at Pozieres
Died of Wounds: 3 April 1917
Buried: Pozieres British Cemetery, Pozieres, France
Plot 2, Row D, Grave 38

Photograph Tasmania Weekly Courier 14 March 1918 Insert 5

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Biography

Son of Egbert and Lucy ALLEN

Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

108 Private Paul Allen 51st Battalion AIF died of wounds on the 3 April 1917, exactly six months after the death of his brother Leslie, at Mouquet Farm. Paul was only 19 years old when he died, having enlisted at 18 years of age in March 1916. He arrived in England only 10 days before his brother was killed in France. Paul was sent to France in October 1916. He served with the 51st Battalion and suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen during the attack on Norieul on the 2nd April 1917. He died the next day at the operating center of the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station and was buried in the Pozieres British Cemetery (Plot II, Row D, Grave 38), Ovillers-La-Boisselle, France.

Mr. and Mrs Allen placed the following notice in the Hobart Mercury three weeks later, April 1917.

“ALLEN. -Died of wounds, April 3, 1917. Paul, dearly loved and fourth eldest son of Egbert and Lucy Allen, Taranna, aged 19 years. He nobly did his duty while thousands shirked.”

 

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