David Andrew ALLISON

ALLISON, David Andrew

Service Number: 7205
Enlisted: 8 September 1915, Served in the Police WA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Murphys Creek, Queensland, Australia, 3 December 1872
Home Town: Subiaco, Nedlands, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Teamster
Died: Pleurisy and pericarditis, Royal Hospital, Weymouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, 16 December 1917, aged 45 years
Cemetery: Melcombe Regis Cemetery, Dorset, England
Plot II, Row C, Grave 3111
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Jarrahdale Roll Of Honor WW1, Subiaco Fallen Soldiers Memorial
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World War 1 Service

8 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 7205, 11th Infantry Battalion, Served in the Police WA
17 Sep 1915: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 11th Infantry Battalion
10 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 7205, 11th Infantry Battalion, Served in the Police WA
29 Jan 1917: Involvement Private, 7205, 11th Infantry Battalion
29 Jan 1917: Embarked Private, 7205, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 16th December…… David Andrew Allison was born at Murphy’s Creek, near Toowoomba, Queensland in 1872. He married Elizabeth Rachel Waterhouse in 1896 in Busselton, Western Australia.

They had a son - David Samuel Allison who was born at Bunbury, Western Australia in 1898 & another son – Leslie Irvine Allison who was born at Perth, Western Australia in 1905.

The 1903 & 1906 Australian Electoral Rolls for the division of Perth, Melbourne Road Polling Place, Western Australia, recorded David Andrew Allison, Police Constable, & his wife Elizabeth Rachel Allison, Home Duties, living at Dudley Street.

The 1909 Australian Electoral Roll for the division of Fremantle, Western Australia, David Andrew Allison, Constable, & his wife Elizabeth Rachel Allison, living at Police Quarters, Henderson Street.

A son, Robert Arthur Allison, was born at Fremantle, Western Australia in 1912.

The 1913 & 1914 Australian Electoral Rolls for the division of Sawn, subdivision of Forrest, Western Australia, recorded David Andrew Allison, Teamster, & his wife Elizabeth Rachel Allison, Home Duties, living at Dwellingup.

David Andrew Allison enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 24th August, 1915 as a 42 year old, married with 3 children, Teamster from Subiaco, Western Australia. David Allison stated on his Attestation Papers that he had served for 8 years with Western Australian Police Force & had resigned in August, 1909.

A daughter, Lila Ethel Allison, was born on 14th October, 1915 at Fremantle, Western Australia.
Private David Andrew Allison was discharged from Australian Imperial Force on 14th October, 1915 at his own request.

David Andrew Allison re-enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 10th November, 1916 as a 44 year old, married with 4 children, Teamster from Subiaco, Western Australia.

Private David Andrew Allison embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia on HMAT Miltiades (A28) on 29th January, 1917 with the 11th Infantry Battalion, 24th Reinforcements & disembarked at Devonport, England on 27th March, 1917.

He was posted to 3rd Training Battalion at Durrington, Wiltshire on 28th March, 1917.

On 3rd July, 1917 Private Allison was transferred to 17th Field Ambulance at Windmill Hill & was transferred back to 3rd Training Battalion at Durrington (11th Battalion) on 9th July, 1917.

A Medical Report was completed on Private David Andrew Allison on 3rd August, 1917 at 3rd Training Battalion, Larkhill, Wiltshire, England. His disability was listed as “Old fracture left Leg Age 45.” The disability had occurred prior to enlistment in Australia – “whilst on Police Force West Australia had his left leg fractured (Tibia & Fibula). After leaving hospital leg was shorter & he resigned & was compensated & bought a team of horses. Can not do route march or jumping of trenches. Knee is getting worse.”

The Medical Board found that Private Allison was permanently unfit for General Service but fit for Home Service.

On 7th November, 1917 Private Allison was marched in to 2nd Training Battalion at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire then on 23rd November, 1917 he was marched in to No. 2 Command Depot at Weymouth, Dorset, England.

He was sent sick to Hospital at Weymouth, Dorset on 14th December, 1917.

Private David Andrew Allison died at 2 am on 16th December, 1917 at Royal Hospital, Weymouth, Dorset, England from Inflammation, connective tissue, Pleurisy & Pericarditis. (It was originally recorded that Private Allison had died as a result of Pneumonia, but this was revised on 31st December, 1917).
He was buried in Melcombe Regis Cemetery, Weymouth, Dorset, England where 82 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.
** Private David Andrew Allison’s son - David Samuel Allison enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 18th October, 1915 an 18 year old Labourer from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

He was Wounded in action in France on 3rd May, 1917. – G.S.W. (gunshot wound/s) to Thigh. Proceeded back to France from England (after recovery) on 18th September, 1917.

Returned to Australia from England on 15th September, 1918 for discharge due to family reasons. Disembarked in Australia on 10th November, 1918.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/a---c.html

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