William Gordon (Curly) ALLEN


ALLEN, William Gordon

Service Number: 3760
Enlisted: 17 July 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Home Town: Nailsworth, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Albany State School, Western Australia
Occupation: Hairdresser
Died: Died of wounds, France, 7 March 1917
Cemetery: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension
Location: Somme, France Number of casualties: 1996 Cemetery/memorial reference: VI. B. 41., Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Dernancourt, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1
21 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3760, 32nd Infantry Battalion
21 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3760, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Adelaide
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Heather Ernszt

Son of Jonathon ALLEN and Alice Mary GRAY.

Brother of Beatrice Alice WALSH of Sefton Park, Adelaide, South Australia,  and Hilda.

William Gordon Allen enlisted in Adelaide, without his parents consent at the age of 20.

He was died of gun shot wounds to the head less than 6 months after emabarking, less than 2 months after arriving in France and less than 2 weeks after being treated for mumps.