Private James Edward Allen

Service Numbers 2616A,2616
Birth Date 11 March 1886
Birth Place Australia: Queensland, Gin Gin
Death Date 07 June 1917
Death Place Belgium: Flanders, West-Vlaanderen, Messines
Final Rank Private
Units

James Edward Allen was born at Gin Gin, Queensland, on 11 March 1886. He was considered a skilled marksman and was a member of the Gin Gin Rifle Club. The 30-year-old farmer and grazier enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 5 July 1916 along with two of his brothers, Ernest and Josiah. Together the three brothers departed Sydney with the reinforcements for the 49th Infantry Battalion aboard HMAT Ceramic on 7 October 1916.Having been sent to the Western Front, Allen frequently wrote letters to his brother William back in Australia, in which he responded to news from home and described the conditions at the front. In a letter dated 4 June 1917 he wrote of a large-scale offensive to take place over the coming days, and on 7 June Allen and his two brothers fought at the battle of Messines.Initially listed as missing in action, Allen was later confirmed to have been killed in action on that day along with his brother Josiah. One witness reported seeing him killed by an artillery shell. James Edward Allen is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium.

Collection items

Rolls

  • Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

    Rank
    Private
    Unit
    49th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • Roll of Honour

    Rank
    Private
    Fate
    Killed in action
    Date of Fate
    07 June 1917
    Service
    Australian Army
    Unit
    49th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Private
    Place of Embarkation
    Sydney
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Ceramic A40
    Date of Embarkation
    07 October 1916
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Timeline

Date of birth 1886-03-11
Date of embarkation 1916-10-07
Date of death 1917-06-07