Allan Gordon GRAHAM

GRAHAM, Allan Gordon

Service Number: 6021
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 38th Infantry Battalion
Born: Morchard, South Australia, 12 July 1891
Home Town: Gama, Yarriambiack, Victoria
Schooling: Morchard Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, Bois Grenier, 25 February 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
Plot 111, Row F, Grave No. ll, Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lascelles War Memorial Gates, Orroroo Morchard Men Roll of Honor, Orroroo Morchard Methodist Church Memorial Window, Orroroo Morchard Public School Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

28 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, 6021, 6th Infantry Battalion
28 Jul 1916: Embarked Private, 6021, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
25 Feb 1917: Involvement Private, 6021, 38th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Ned Bowman

Allan Gordon Graham was born on the 12th of July, 1891 at Morchard, South Australia. His parents were William and Mary Graham (née Toop), he had three brothers, Walter Henry, who passed away at the age of seven weeks, Walter Hamilton and Alfred Arthur. Allan also had six sisters; Elsie Ann, Lavinia Olive, Emily Jane, Laurel Myrtle Mary, Grace Winnefred and Lily, who passed away at the age of fifteen days.

As he grew up he went to Morchard Public School where he did all of his schooling and then worked as a farmer.

Allan enlisted on the 4th of April, 1916, a part of the 19th reinforcement of the 6th Battalion. He did all of his training in Bendigo and Broadmeadows near Melbourne, Australia, before he left. He embarked from Melbourne on the 28th of July, 1916, on board the HMAT A32 Themistocles. He travelled to England where he was changed to the 38th Battalion on the 24th of September, 1916.

Allan fought on the Western Front from the 22nd of November, 1916. He became sick on the 6th of December and was in hospital until the 26th of December and re-joined the 38th battalion back at battle. Allan kept fighting on the Western Front until a specific fight at Bois Grenier in France. This battle was significant because it was the last battle he was a part of. On the 25th of February, 1917, the 38th Battalion tried to push through the German lines to gain territory and retrieve prisoners and guns. His battalion brought back heavy artillery, machine guns and seventeen prisoners from their push, however there were many deaths from this and one of them was Allan Gordon Graham.

Allan was awarded two medals for his service, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. 

He was buried at the Bonjean Military Cemetery, Plot lll, Row F, Grave No. ll, Armentieres in France.