Sidney Torrington ALLEN


ALLEN, Sidney Torrington

Service Number: 801
Enlisted: 2 February 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 4 July 1883
Home Town: West Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, 7 December 1915, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Plot 1; Row B, Grave No. 19. His name is located at panel 82 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
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World War 1 Service

2 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 801, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Liverpool, New South Wales
12 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 801, 17th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 801, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney
16 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 801, 17th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
Date unknown: Involvement 17th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Born  SYDNEY Torrington Allen, 4 July 1883 in Adelaide, SA
(SA Birth Record 1842 - 1906 Book: 306 Page: 245 District: Ade.)

Father Mark ALLEN and Mother Ellen (nee THOMPSON).
Father died and mother was living at c/o Mrs Spinks at 35 Burns Street,
Darling Harbour, NSW.

In 1921 Ernest stated that he and his siblings had not heard or seen of their
mother for almost 20 years.

Prior to embarking he lived at 9 Carrington Street, West Maitland, NSW.

Sister   Edith Kent (nee Allen) He stated as his next of kin
who lived at 18 Bella Street, West Maitland, NSW.

Eldest brother   Richard John Allen (117 Harris St, Pyrmont NSW)
2nd eldest brother  Ernest James Allen (living at Campse St, Campsie NSW)

Described on enlisting as 31 years 6 months old; single; 5' 5 1/4" tall; dark complexion;
blue eyes; black hair; Church of England

2/2/1915      enlisted at Liverpool, NSW

12/5/1915    embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A32 Thermistocles
                   as a Private in C Company, 17th Infantry Battalion, 5th Infantry Brigade

28/6/1915    admitted with dysentery to No.1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis

16/8/1915    proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces in Gallipoli

1/10/1915    admitted sick with dysentery to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, Popes Post
4/10/1915    returned to duty

6/11/1915    admitted with Influenza to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, Popes Post
8/11/1915    returned to duty

7/12/1915    killed in action in Dardanelles, Gallipoli

buried in:     Shrapnel Valley 
                   Plot A, Row 2, Grave No.14
                   about 400 yards Sth-East of Anzac Cove, Gallipoli

later his remains were exhumed and reburied in:
                   Shrapnel Valley Cemetery
                   Plot 1; Row B, Grave No. 19

1914-15 Star (26384); British War medal (13614); Victory medal (13554);
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (310141)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  21/5/2015.  Lest we forget