William ALLEN


ALLEN, William

Service Number: 2345
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: County Tyrone, Ulster, Northern Ireland, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Singleton, Northumberland, New South Wales
Schooling: 5th Class, Ireland
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 27 October 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery
Grave II. H. 5. INSCRIPTION THE BELOVED SON OF RICHARD AND ANNIE ALLEN PORTADOWN, IRELAND , Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 Jul 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2345, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
14 Jul 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2345, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orsova, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

2nd Battalion, 7th Reinforcement, Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

He was 28 and the son of Mrs. A. Allen, of 39, Carlton St., Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland and sometime of  3 Queen's Street, Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Age on arrival in Australia 23

Previous military service-Served in the Royal Irish Fusiliers for 2 years.

Enlistment date-5 June 1915
Place of enlistment-Liverpool, New South Wales.

Age at embarkation 26

AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/19/2

Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 14 July 1915

He is one of five Australian soldier casualties of the Great War honoured on the Portadown War Memorial. William Allen is also on the Portadown, St. Mark's Church War Memorial.

William is also honoured on the Moy War Memorial.

Moy is a village and townland in County Tyrone, now in Northern Ireland about 5 miles (8 kilometres) southeast of Dungannon and beside the smaller village of Charlemont. Charlemont is on the east bank of the River Blackwater in county Armagh and Moy is on the west bank. Moy War Memorial [Unveiled 11/11/1925-Armistice Day] is situated in the centre of the village ‘square’. [post code BT71 7SG

 This formal rectangular market place is decorated with lawns and horse-chestnut trees.

His cousin, Private Herbert Fosbery Allen, Service Number 4310, 20th Battalion, was killed in action on 5 August 1916.

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front.

NAA: B2455, ALLEN William