Phillip Selwyn (Phil) ALLEN

ALLEN, Phillip Selwyn

Service Numbers: 38, 49, 1304
Enlisted: 31 July 1915, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 10th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, 1872
Home Town: Gosnells, Gosnells, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Stockman
Died: Natural causes, Spencer's Brook, Western Australia, 4 August 1940
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery & Crematorium
Anglican GC 0116
Memorials: Gosnells Road Board HR, Gosnells Ward Roll of Honor
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Boer War Service

1 Dec 1899: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, SN 38, 1st Western Australian Mounted Infantry
1 Jan 1901: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Corporal, SN 49, 5th Western Australian Mounted Infantry
14 Feb 1902: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Regimental Sergeant Major, SN 49, 5th Western Australian Mounted Infantry

World War 1 Service

31 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1304, 10th Light Horse Regiment, Perth, Western Australia
13 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1304, 10th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Themistocles, Fremantle
13 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1304, 10th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
6 Feb 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1304, 10th Light Horse Regiment

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Biography contributed by Martin Smith

Phillip Selwyn Allen is the son of Phillip Allen and Ellenor (Betts) Allen. He enlisted in 1899 and served in the South African War with 1st West Australian Mounted Infantry as a trooper, later transferred to 5th West Australian Mounted Infantry with the rank of RSM, he received the QSA with clasps - Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Wittenbergen and Cape Colony and the KSA with 2 clasps SA 1901 and SA 1902. He selected along with 4 other West Australian troops to part of the Australian contingent for the Coronation Procession at King Edward VII's Coronation on 9th August 1902, for which he received the 1902 Coronation Medal to go with his Boer War medals. On 15th July 1915, he enlisted in the AIF and served in the 10th Light Horse in the desert campagin in Sinai and Palestine. He rearched to rank of Sergeant in 1917. Later that year he a septic hand, then spells in hospital with debility and gastritis, which resulted in being returned to Australia in November and finally dicharged early in 1918.  He received the King's silver wound badge and later the 1914/5 Star, British War Medal and Victory.

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