Alfred Edward Elkington ALLEN

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ALLEN, Alfred Edward Elkington

Service Number: 10
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: A Squadron, New South Wales Mounted Infantry
Born: Forbes, New South Wales, 23 May 1869
Home Town: Forbes, Forbes, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Enteric Fever, Pretoria, South Africa, 18 October 1900, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Church Street Cemetery, Pretoria, South Africa
Grave 79
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Forbes Boer War Memorial
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Corporal, SN 10
1 Oct 1899: Involvement Corporal, SN 10, A Squadron, New South Wales Mounted Infantry

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Biography

Born on 23rd May 1869 in Forbes, New South Wales

Father Edward Henry Elkington ALLEN
(Father was grandson of John ALLEN & Ann ELKINGTON, Warwickshire, England)
married mother 7 November 1865
Mother Frances Octavia Allen (nee MACKAEN, b. 6/3/1945 - d. 1933 Campbelltown, NSW),
lived at "Springthorp", Forbes, NSW

Siblings:
Brother    William Alexander Elkington Allen
Sister       Marian Elkington Allen
Brother    Harold Ernest Elkington Allen
Brother    Tom Cardell E Allen
Brother    David Charles Elkington Allen
Sister       Elizabeth Isabel Allen b.1873 (m. William Henry Coles. b. 1864)

1899            Alfred joined the A Squadron Mounted Rifles, NSW (Colonial Military
                   Forces) as a Corporal (Service No. 10)

6/4/1900      He was wounded at Spyfontein, 1900 but recovered

18/10/1900  He died of Enteric Fever, in Pretoria, South Africa

25/10/1900   The Evening News Sydney:-  
                    "The Late Corporal ALLEN"
                    "FORBES, Wednesday. Much regret has been caused here by the news
                    in todays cables that Corporal A. Allen of the Forbes Mounted Rifles
                    had died of enteric fever at Pretoria on 18th instant.  He left here with
                    the First Contingent and was dangerously wounded at Karee in April last,
                    he recovered after three months in the hospital and went again to the
                    front only to be struck down by the dreaded enteric.  Corporal A Allen
                    was a most popular man both in & out of the ranks and his untimely
                    end will be regretted by all."         

Buried in:      Church Street Cemetery, Pretoria, South Africa 
                    Grave 79

His name is commemorated on Panel 1, at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra,
ACT.

His name is memoralized in the Boer War Memorial in Forbes, NSW, (corner Newell
Highway and Harold Street, Victoria Park, Forbes.)

Inscription:  "Erected by the residents of Forbes in memory of the soldiers from this
                   district who fought and fell for the Empire in South Africa during the
                   British Boer War 1899 -1902." 
This Memorial was unveiled by Colonel C W Waddell, VL, acting District Commandant
CMF NSW on the 19th of December 1904.  Names of soldiers who left Forbes for
South Africa and lost their lives during British Boer War 1899-1902.

Alfred's WILL stated  (taken from UK sources):
This is the last will and testament of Alfred Edward Elkington Allen of Allendale, Eugowra
in the Colony of New South Wales, Farmer. I give devise and bequeath to my brother
WILLIAM ALEXANDER ELKINGTON ALLEN all my real and personal property whatsoever
and wheresoever and I appoint my said brother Executor of this my Will Dated this third
day of November one thousand eight hundred and ninety nine (1899).
A.E.E. Allen. Signed by the said Testator as and for his last Will and testament in the
presence of us present at the same time and who in his presence and in the presence
of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Edward H. E. Allen,
Farmer, Springthorpe, Eugoura. William Wilson, Draftsman, Forbes

 

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  20/7/2016.  Lest we forget.

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