David Henry ALLEN MM


ALLEN, David Henry

Service Number: 185
Enlisted: 20 August 1914
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia, 1895
Home Town: Beaconsfield, West Tamar, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, Villers-Brettoneux, France, 26 April 1918
Cemetery: Adelaide Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux
Plot 111, Row E, Grave 8
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

20 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 12th Infantry Battalion
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 185, 12th Infantry Battalion
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 185, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Hobart
26 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 52nd Infantry Battalion

Military Medal

Service Number: 185
Rank: Sergeant
Unit: 52nd Australian Infantry Battalion
Service: Army
Conflict / Operation: First World War, 1914-1918
Award: Military Medal
Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 27 June 1918
Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: Page 1392, position 19
Date of London Gazette: 4 February 1918
Location in London Gazette: Page 1617, position 3

Service History

Born: Beaconsfield, Tasmania
Father: Mr. J. ALLAN
Of Hospital Rd, Beaconsfield, Tasmania
Occupation prior to enlisting: Miner
Enlisted: 20 August 1914
Embarkation: 20 October 1914 from Hobart per HMAT Geelong
Age: 21 years
Served in Egypt, Gallipoli & France
Wounded in Action on 2 occasions
Killed in Action: 26 April 1918
Buried: Adelaide Cemetery, Villers Bretonneux, France
Awarded Military Medal

Photograph Tasmania Weekly Courier 8 July 1915 insert 5

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2 May 1915 - Wound in action, gunshot wound to the chest

9 September 1916 - Wounded in action, gunshot wound to the abdomen

29 October 1917 Citation for Military Medal reads:

For galllanty during a heavy bombardmenton the night of the 16-17 Octrober 1917 when he and a number of men in his platoon were buried as a result of hostile shell fire. On being dug out he immediately commenced to dig out his men and bandage and carry wounded men out of the line; wherever he casualties were occurring he would be found cheering up  and holding his platoon together by his own personal courage