John Norman ALLEN

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ALLEN, John Norman

Service Number: 324
Enlisted: 9 January 1915, Drysdale, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 22nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Portarlington, Victoria, 28 September 1886
Home Town: Portarlington, Greater Geelong, Victoria
Schooling: Portarlington State School
Occupation: Fisherman
Died: Killed in Action, France, 5 August 1916, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Serre Road Cemetery No.2
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Portarlington War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

9 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 324, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Drysdale, Victoria
10 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 324, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 324, 22nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
30 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 324, 22nd Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
4 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 324, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography

"PORTARLINGTON HEROES

Two gallant sons of Mr and Mrs H. Allen, Gellibrand street, Portarlington, heard the call of duty and nobly responded. Private J. N. Allen enlisted on January 10, 1915, and after being in camp at Broadmeadows sailed for Egypt on May 6 following. He was drummer in the 22nd Battalion. He arrived in Egypt on June 10, and left for Gallipoli in August, and was on the Peninsula until the evacuation. He also saw service at Tel-el-Kebir, and was in several desert actions. On reaching France he took on the dangerous work of stretcher-bearer until August 5, 1916, when he was reported missing. His younger brother, Private R. H. Allen, enlisted in July, 1916, and sailed for England on October 21 of the same year. He saw active service with a machine gun section, and in September was reported as having been wounded somewhere in Belgium. Both lads were leading members of the Portarlington Football Club." - from the Melbourne Winner 31 Oct 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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