William (Billy Jr) ALLAN

ALLAN, William

Service Number: 2221
Enlisted: 1 February 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 37th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bothwell, Scotland, 11 July 1889
Home Town: Wonthaggi, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Pulmonary tuberculosis - aggravated by military service, Heidelberg Military Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, 4 October 1918, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Wonthaggi Cemetery
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World War 1 Service

1 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2221, 37th Infantry Battalion
11 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2221, 37th Infantry Battalion
25 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, 2221, 37th Infantry Battalion
25 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, 2221, 37th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne
6 Aug 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 2221, 37th Infantry Battalion, 3rd MD - medically unfit (TB)

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Dan Jones
 
The family/war grave at Wonthaggi Cemetery, Victoria of Allan, William “Billy” Jr.: 2221 Private 37th Battalion

Born in Bothwell, Scotland on 11 July 1889, and a miner by trade (Victorian State Coal Mine, Wonthaggi), he enlisted on 1 February 1916 and was sent to France. During this time, he was hospitalised and sent back to England in early 1917, suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis. His records state that it was due to active service, exposure and stress. He stayed there, until his return to Australia in early May 1917. His TB seems to have severely affected him, due to previous respiratory issues. He died at the Heidelberg Military Hospital on 4 October 1918 aged 29 years. He was buried at the Wonthaggi Cemetery, with his mother, who died three years previously.

Also mentioned is his brother:
Allan, John: 3173, 3183 Private 1st Pioneer Battalion
Born in Bothwell, Scotland in about 1893, and a miner by trade (likely the Victorian State Coal Mine, Wonthaggi), he enlisted on 13 July 1915 and was sent to France via Egypt. He was killed in action on 11 December 1916 aged 23 years. He is buried in the Bernafay Wood British Cemetery on the Somme. His personal inscription reads: “SUNSHINE PASSES SHADOWS FALL LOVE & REMEMBRANCE OUTLAST ALL


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