John Robert ALLAN


ALLAN, John Robert

Service Number: 4592
Enlisted: 30 March 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 1st Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Mayfield, New South Wales, November 1892
Home Town: Mayfield East, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Wickham Public School
Occupation: Ironmonger
Died: Killed in Action (gas shell), Westhoek Ridge, Belgium, 16 October 1917
Cemetery: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)*
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World War 1 Service

30 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4592, Liverpool, New South Wales
10 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 4592, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, RMS Persia, Sydney
10 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 4592, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 4592, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, ANZAC Gallipoli
16 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4592, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, Third Ypres

Corporal John R. Allan

Corporal John R. Allan, was the first of four sons of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Allan, of "Craig Lea," Elizabeth street, Mayfield, to enlist. He served with the artillery in Egypt, Gallipoll, Belgium, and France. His parents on several occasions received word from indirect sources of his great skill as an artilleryman. Prior to enlisting he was engaged in the ironmongery department of D. Cohen and Company, and was highly popular with both the heads of the firm and employees. His other three brothers Ronald, Duncan, and Cecil—followed him to war, and the latter had his thigh badly fractured in July last, after only joining his brother for eight days, and whom he had not seen for two years. John was wounded 21 July 1917 from a gas attack but quickly found himself back with his mates in September of that year and was killed in action a month later on 16 October 1917.

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Biography contributed by Sam Allan

"...4592 Private John Robert Allan, 7th Reinforcements, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, of Newcastle, NSW. Pte Allan enlisted on 8 April 1915 and embarked aboard RMS Persia in Sydney on 10 August 1915. Corporal (Cpl) Allan was killed in action at Westhoek Ridge, near Ypres, on 16 October 1917. His death is commemorated at The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium. Cpl Allan had three brothers who also served with the AIF, including 3752 Pte Duncan Gillies Allan, who returned to Australia on 15 June 1919..." - SOURCE (