Gillen Whitford ALLEN


ALLEN, Gillen Whitford

Service Number: 1878
Enlisted: 19 May 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hawker, South Australia, Australia, 31 May 1893
Home Town: Maitland, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Public School
Occupation: Tram Conductor
Died: Died of wounds, 1st South General Hospital, Stourbridge, England, 17 September 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Stourbridge Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Unley Arch*, Unley HB01 Town Hall*
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World War 1 Service

19 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
26 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1878, 27th Infantry Battalion, RMS Morea, Adelaide
26 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1878, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1878, 27th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"

Military Funeral

The deceased soldier was accorded a Military funeral, Firing Party, bugler and Pallbearers being in attendance. The coffin was draped with the 'Union Jack" and surmounted by two beautiful wreaths sent by Patients of C.1 Ward and the Nursing staff of C.1 Ward. Chaplain the Rev. Simms officiated at the graveside. Sisters W E Watson and Newson, and Nurse Dodd of the 1st Southern General Hospital attended the funeral.

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 26 and the son of William and Janet Allen, of Moonta, South Australia.


Gillen Whitford ALLEN was born on 31st May, 1893 in Hawker, South Australia

His parents were William ALLEN and Janet McINNES

He enlisted on 19th May, 1915 with the Australian Army - he was with the 27th Battalion, 3rd reinforcements - Unit embarked from Adelaide on board RMS Morea on 26th August, 1915

Gillen died on 17th September, 1918 of wounds to the abdomen at the 1st South General Hospital, Stroubirdge, Worcestershire, UK - he is buried in Stourbridge Cemetery and also commemorated on the Australian War Memorial - he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.