ID number1DRL/0027
Collection typePrivate Record
Title1. Allen, Ernest (Private, d.1918); 2. Allen, Josiah (Private, d.1917); 3. Allen, James Edward (Private, d.1917)
Measurement1 wallet: 1 cm
Object typeLetters
MakerAllen, Ernest
Place made
  • Australia: Queensland, Brisbane, Enoggera
  • Australia: Queensland, Brisbane, Enoggera, Fraser's Paddock
  • Egypt
  • Egypt: Cairo, Heliopolis
  • France
  • United Kingdom: England, Wiltshire, Codford
  • United Kingdom: England, Wiltshire, Perham Downs
Date made1915-1918
DescriptionCollection relating to the First World War service of three Allen brothers: 2615 Private Ernest Allen, 49 Battalion; 2614 Private Josiah Allen, 49 Battalion, and 2616a James Edward Allen, 49 Battalion. The collection consists of 28 letters written by the brothers between 1916 and 1918 to another brother at home, William (Will) Jr. Also included are 6 letters written to Will by other soldiers, 3 news clippings, and biographical notes on the 3 Allen brother, all of whom were killed in action.
SummaryCollection includes several letters from other serving soldiers to William Allen Junior. Letters cover the three Allen brothers' service and refer to other named soldiers from Gin Gin (QLD). Some of the letters refer to the Conscription debate and political issues in Australia during the period 1916-1918.

Biographical note: 2615 Private Ernest Allen, 49 Battalion, AIF. Killed in action, Villers-Bretonneux, 25 April 1918. Son of William and Sarah Jane Allen. Born at Gin Gin, Bundaberg, Queensland.

Biographical note: 2616A Private James Edward Allen, 49 Battalion, AIF. Killed in action, Messines, 7 June 1917. Age 31. Son of William and Sarah Jane Allen. Native of Gin Gin, Queensland.
PDF 7.65 MB Letters from Ernest Allen to his brother, 1916-1918
PDF 879.29 KB Letters from Josiah Allen to his brother, 1917
PDF 7.23 MB Letters from James Edward Allen to his brother, 1916-1917
PDF 5.59 MB Correspondence relating to William Allen Jr., 1916-1918