Francis ALLEN

ALLEN, Francis

Service Number: 1624
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Goodwood, South Australia, 17 January 1891
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Hairdresser
Died: Natural causes, 10 October 1973, aged 82 years, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Streaky Bay Cemetery, S.A.
Streaky Bay Cemetery
Memorials: Men from Renmark and District Roll of Honor Boards (4), Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

11 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, 1624, 48th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Aeneas embarkation_ship_number: A60 public_note: ''
11 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, 1624, 48th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Westminster School

Private Francis Allen was born on the 17th of January in 1891 in Goodwood, South Australia. His profession before enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force was hairdressing. He was of the Methodist faith and was married to Dora Myrtle Allen who died in November 1975 at the age of 81. He lived in Port Adelaide on Charles Street, Paddington. He enlisted to the Australian Imperial Force on the 20th of March 1916 when he was 25 years old. He passed the medical exam and embarked on HMAT Aeneas with the 48th Battalion. Private Francis Allen and the rest of the 48th Battalion were trained in Egypt. Half of the battalion was made up of veterans from the 16th Battalion who fought in Gallipoli and the other half were reinforcements fresh from Australia. Private Francis Allen was part of the latter group. The battalion was part of the 12th Brigade of the 4th Australian division. The Battalion’s first major battle was in Pozieres on the Western Front. Other battles included the first battle of Bullecourt, in France, and the battle of Passchendaele, in Belgium. Both battles taking place in 1917. Private Francis Allen returned to Australia alive and uninjured. He lived a long life, sadly dying of natural causes on the 10th of October 1973. He is buried in Streaky bay Cemetery in South Australia.   



Son of John ALLEN and Martha nee MORRIS