Francis Joseph ALLEN


ALLEN, Francis Joseph

Service Number: 2782
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Machine Gun Company
Born: Adelaide, SA, 20 December 1891
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 9 April 1918, aged 26 years
Cemetery: La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

21 Sep 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2782, 10th Infantry Battalion
21 Sep 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2782, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Adelaide
9 Apr 1918: Involvement Private, SN 2782, 4th Machine Gun Company
Date unknown: Involvement SN 2782, 13th Machine Gun Company

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Son of Thomas ALLEN and Katherine nee MURPHY

Biography contributed by Ashlyn Berry

Francis Joseph Allen was born in Adelaide South Australia son of Thomas Allen and Katherine Allen. His home address was 80 Hutt Street. He went to Christian Brothers (Catholic) College, Adelaide, South Australia. His religion was Roman Catholic. He was a labourer and a single man before he went to war. He had some siblings Thomas ALLEN, returned to Australia, 5 July 1919; another brother, returned to Australia and cannot be identified.

He fought during world war one and fought for 3 years 1915- 1918. He enlisted on the Nominal Roll on June 8th 1915 and embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on board the HMAT A15 Star Of England on 21st September 1915. When he was fighting he got a few medals, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His rank in the Nominal roll was private and the unit was 13th Machine Gun Company. He was also in the 10th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement and the 4th Machine Gun Company. 

During the war he was injured very badly in Corbie, France and later died of wounds on the 9th of April 1918. He died at 26 years old. He is now buried in La Neuville British Cemetery (Plot II, Row G, Grave 11), France. His Panel number/ Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial is 177.