Allan William LEANE

LEANE, Allan William

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 4 May 1915, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Prospect, South Australia, 11 May 1872
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: North Adelaide Public School
Occupation: Indentor
Died: Died of wounds, France, 4 January 1917, aged 44 years
Cemetery: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot 1, Row A, Grave 5 This is a private memorial erected by the men of the Battalion as a mark of the esteem in which he was held.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Keswick Prospect Methodist Sunday School Honour Board WW1, North Adelaide Public School Roll of Honor, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board
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World War 1 Service

4 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Perth, Western Australia
29 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, Officer, 28th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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29 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Major, Officer, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
12 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, 28th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, 28th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
29 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 28th Infantry Battalion,

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Allan William Leane was born on 11 May 1872 at Mount Gambier.

When he turned 18 he joined the militia and was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1893.

He later moved to Perth where he worked as an indentor and estate agent and in 1908 joined the 11th Australian Infantry Regiment as a lieutenant; he was promoted captain in 1912.

Leane enlisted in the A.I.F. as a major in the 28th Battalion on 28 April 1915 and reached Gallipoli in September. He was second-in-command of his battalion from January 1916 and commanded it in France from 29 July as a temporary lieutenant-colonel, providing inspiring leadership during the battle of Pozières. He was promoted lieutenant-colonel on 29 November but died of shrapnel wounds received at Delville Wood on 4 January 1917 and was buried at Dernancourt. He was married with one son.

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Brothers: [3] Major Benjamin Bennett LEANE, 48th Bn, killed in action, 10 April 1917; 373 WO 1 Ernest Albert LEANE, Australian Army Ordnance corps, returned to Australia, 17 March 1920; Brigadier Raymond Lionel LEANE, 11th Bn, returned to Australia, 6 September 1919.