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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Allen J Pte  462    Jack     7 Inf Bn    22    Clerk    Single    R C        

Address: Moonee Ponds, Hudson St, 5    

Next of Kin:   Allen, H, Mrs, mother, Chiltern  

Enlisted: 24 Aug 1914        

Embarked: A20 Hororata 19 Oct 1914      


Relatives on Active Service:

Pemberton-R-A-Pte-15332 cousin           

Allen, Harold, brother, enlisted Wangaratta


Date of death:  24/07/1916





Mr. H. S. Allen, of the NE Co operative Store, Wangaratta, has received a letter from his brother, Pte. Jack Allen, who left with the First Australian Contingent. Pte. Allen resided in Wangaratta for several years, while  his father, Mr, Geo, Allen, was licensee of the Royal Hotel. Writing from a hospital at Malta under date of 19th May, Pte. Allen says:-We have just been sent here from Gallipoli, where we have been in three delightful "scraps" with the Turks-with a lot of quiet trench fighting in between for a blow. We got hell the first day, but succeeded in landing from open boats under heavy fire-a task you would have thought impossible. We  suffered a bit a few being shot dead in our boat and more wounded. A couple of my best friends were "stopped," I had my coat torn right across my back and received a couple of scratches on my shoulders. Again I had my mess tin shot off my pack-so I was lucky, My luck kept in for a fortnight. On Saturday, 9th, we were charging, amidst a storm of shells and bullets, to take a position when I "stopped" one with my right forearm, while a little piece of lead hit me on the "nut" knocking me silly for a while. The arm has been giving trouble, but is only a bit stiff now, so I will soon be at the Turks again. You do see some awful sights but soon got used to them. All the officers and "heads" were very pleased with us, as we did what we were asked to do. Messages from The King and others cheer us up. The Tommies and the French soldiers think, we're daring devils. The Turks and Germans say we're kangaroos. We are being well treated everywhere. We look some style in the hospital togs of blue and red. It is good fun shooting Turks-better than duck shooting."



Private J. Allen


(wounded), of Moonee Ponds, was a son of the late Geo. J. Allen, of Yarrawonga, and Wangaratta. He joined the post and telegraph service at Yarrawonga as a telegraph  messenger, and later was transferred to Central Telephone Exchange, Melbourne, as telephonist. During the last fifteen months he was engaged with Gregory Brothers, salesmen, Melbourne.


CAREERS OF THE FALLEN. (1915, June 28). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved February 14, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154951873


Essendon Gazette 1 July 1915


Private J. Allen (wounded), Moonee Ponds, is the son of the late Geo. J. Allen, of Yarrawonga and Wangaratta.


The Defence Department has received word of the death of Pte. Jack, Allen, third son of the late Mr, George J. Allen formerly of the Royal Hotel, Wangaratta, and latterly of Yarrawonga. He was a brother of Mr. Harold Allen, who enlisted from the Co-operative Store, Wangaratta. Pte. Allen was killed in action in France on 24th July.


PTE CHRIS WILLCOX. (1916, August 30). Wangaratta Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3. Retrieved June 9, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92005352



War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall A-F

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour Wounded            

Patriotic Concert  1914

Regimental Register    

“Send off to the Essendon Boys”

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