William ALLAN

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ALLAN, William

Service Number: 2552
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: Oxley Island, New South Wales, Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Wingham, Greater Taree, New South Wales
Schooling: Wingham Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Bookmaker
Died: Killed in action, France, 14 August 1916, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Ovillers Military Cemetery
Grave XIV. S. 3.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Aug 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2552, 13th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
9 Aug 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2552, 13th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Sydney
14 Aug 1916: Involvement Corporal, SN 2552, 13th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

family notes

He was born 24th February 1882 at Oxley Island, Taree, New South Wales, the son of John Allan and his wife Isabella Gollan. He was educated at Wingham Public School. Employed as a bookmaker he attested on 16th June 1915 and was part of the 8th reinforcements for his battalion. He was 5ft 8 and half inches in height with hazel eyes, black hair and of a dark complexion. He was taken on strength of the battalion on 24th October 1915. He arrived in Marseilles from Alexandria on 8th June 1916. He was killed in action on 14th August 1916. He is buried in Grave XIV S3 Ovillers Military Cemetery Somme France. His body was recovered from a spot near Thiepval (Map Ref 57d.R.21.d.3.0 and identified by means of his identity disc.

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