Private Josiah Allen

Service Number 2614
Birth Date 11 February 1890
Birth Place Australia: Queensland, Gin Gin
Death Date 07 June 1917
Death Place Belgium: Flanders, West-Vlaanderen, Messines
Also known as Josiah Allen
Final Rank
Units

Josiah Allen was born at Gin Gin, Queensland, on 11 February 1890. He was considered a skilled marksman and horseman, and was a member of the Gin Gin Rifle Club. The 26-year-old farmer and grazier enlisted for service with the Australian Imperial Force on 5 July 1916, as did his brothers Ernest and James Edward. The three brothers departed Sydney with reinforcements for the 49th Infantry Battalion aboard HMAT Ceramic on 7 October 1916.Having been sent to the Western Front, Allen wrote two letters to his brother William back in Australia in which he responded to news from home and described the conditions at the Front. Grateful for the food packages from home he despaired at the continual rain and cold weather on the Front. On 7 June 1917, Allen and his two brothers fought at the Battle of Messines. It was on this day that Josiah Allen, initially listed as missing, was later confirmed to have been killed in action, along with his brother James. His body was never recovered, and today Josiah Allen is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, 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 11 February 1890
Date of embarkation 07 October 1916
Date of death 07 June 1917