Albert Edward ALLEN

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ALLEN, Albert Edward

Service Number: 847
Enlisted: 21 August 1914, Bendigo, Victoria
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd Machine Gun Company
Born: Woodvale, Victoria, Australia, 28 February 1892
Home Town: Eaglehawk, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Nerring State School
Occupation: Locomotive Fireman, (Vic Rail)
Died: Died of wounds, Bullecourt, France, 10 May 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension
Achist-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension Plot 1, Row F, Grave 20
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World War 1 Service

21 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Bendigo, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 847, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
19 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 847, 7th Infantry Battalion
26 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 847, 7th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
13 Jul 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 847, 7th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli, Shell shock and bruised back
23 Jun 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 2nd Machine Gun Company
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 847, 2nd Machine Gun Company, Pozières
26 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 847, 2nd Machine Gun Company, Mouquet Farm
11 Apr 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 2nd Machine Gun Company
10 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 847, 2nd Machine Gun Company
10 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 847, 2nd Machine Gun Company, Bullecourt (Second), Died of GSW to forehead, arm & left wrist.

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Biography

Served in the Eaglehawk Rifle Club.  Son of Thomas and Annie Allen

Cemetery  details: Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Achiet-le-Grand, Arras, Nord Pas de Calais, France  (Plot 1, Row F, Grave 20)

 

"Our Soldiers.  LETTER FROM LANCE-CORPORAL ALLEN.  France, April 1917.

Dear mother and dad,- Well I  am dropping you a few lines to let  you know that I am doing well at present (#67887729). I suppose you know that  I am wounded by this time. Well,  we made a charge on the 10th April  in the morning, we came in from a  spell and were only two days in lines  when we hopped over just before  daylight and we had to break Hindenburg's line, so I was in the first  wave. I got into the trench  and I noticed a machine gun of  Fritz's firing on the second line  which was coming up, so I got rid  of a bomb, but I missed him, so I  got up to get my section in, as I  noticed him fire point blank at me  and I got it in the thigh and leg.  He was only 15 yards off me. I got  for my life. I could not walk, but  I crawled back 700 yards. I was dead beat when I got to the dressing station, so I am marked to go  to hospital in England. From Lance  Corporal Albert Allen." - from the Donald Times 29 Jun 1917 (nla.gov.au)

 

"FOR FREEDOM'S CAUSE.
ALLEN. — Died of wounds at first clearing station in France, 10th May, 1917. Lance-Corporal Albert Edward Allen, G. Coy., 7th  Battalion. Dearly-loved friend of Mr. and  Mrs. W. J. Wearne and family, 61 Garsed-street, Bendigo. Aged 27 years.
Not dead to those who loved him.
Not lost, but gone before:
He lives with us in memory still,
And will for evermore.
One of Australia's best (#16070566)."
from the Bendigo Advertiser 29 Jun 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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