David William ALLEN

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ALLEN, David William

Service Number: 2104
Enlisted: 10 February 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Currency Creek, South Australia, 23 September 1894
Home Town: Goolwa, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Currency Creek Public School
Occupation: Labourer/Mill hand
Died: Died of wounds, Becourt, France, 20 August 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Becourt Military Cemetery
Plot I, Row Q, Grave 2.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, FinnissHB2*, GoolwaM1*
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World War 1 Service

10 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
23 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2104, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2104, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2104, 10th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography

Born 23 September 1894 in Currency Creek, South Australia.
(SA Birth record 1842 - 1906 Book: 550 Page: 271 District: EnB.)

Father David Allen and Mother Emily Jane Allen (nee Strachan).

19/6/1920 mother advised AIF, father David Allen died in 1900.
Mother later remarried - Mrs Emily Jane Burzacott and step father John Henry Burzacott
                                    lived at Goolwa, South Australia
                                    later relocated to Finniss, SA

Described on enlisting as 20 years 5 months old; single; 5' 7 1/2" tall; 148 lbs;
fair complexion; grey eyes; brown hair; Methodist.

9/2/1915          completed medical - fit for service

10/2/1915        Enlisted at Keswick, South Australia

1/4/1915          Commanding Officer appointed David to 10th Infantry Battalion
                        Mitcham Camp

23/6/1915         Embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide on board HMAT A30 Borda
                        as a Private in the 10th Infantry Battalion, 6th reinforcements

4/8/1915          taken on strengh from 6th reinforcements, Gallipoli

25/8/1915         sick with diarrhoea to hospital - Gallipoli
                        admitted to Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Anzac

25/8/1915         transferred on board HMAT Ascanius ex Mudros to Malta
31/8/1915         disembarked into Malta
                        admitted to St Davids Hospital

13/9/1915         to Ghain Sufficia, Malta

30/9/1915         Embarked for England on board HS Ansonia, ex Malta

8/10/1915         Admitted to No.1 Southern General Hospital, Birmingham

28/6/1916         transferred from Monte Video Weymouth to Pernham Downs, Salisbury

25/7/1916         marched out for overseas

30/7/1916         rejoined 10th Battalion in the field, France

20/8/1916         wounded in action - admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, France
                         died of wounds at 1st Australian Field Ambulance
buried in:           Becourt Military Cemetery, Albert, Picardie, France
                         1 1/2 miles east of Albert

Medals:
1914-15 Star (4020); British War medal (14847); Victory medal (14789)
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (305893).

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  16/3/2015.  Lest we forget.

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