Biography

Birth date: 1888
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Manly
Death date: 14 August 1916
Death place: France: Picardie, Somme, Mouquet Farm
Final rank: Private
Service number: 3003 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 13th Australian Infantry Battalion

Robert Beattie Allen was born in the Sydney suburb of Balmain in 1888. As a 27-year-old labourer he enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 9 July 1915. His brother Stephen enlisted just over a week later, and both brothers departed Sydney with reinforcements for the 13th Infantry Battalion aboard HMAT Ballarat on 6 September 1915.

The following June the two men arrived on the Western Front with other members of the 13th Battalion. Despite the circumstances, Allen remembered to send a birthday card to his sister half a world away back in Australia. The battalion fought in its first major actions at Pozières and at nearby Mouquet Farm in July and August 1916. On 14 August, in the midst of the fighting around Mouquet Farm, both Allen brothers failed to report back after fatigue duty. Initially listed as missing in action, a court of inquiry found that the two brothers had been killed in action by the same artillery shell, close to the front line. Robert Beattie Allen is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of Death: 14 August 1916
  • Unit: 13th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 6 September 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Private
  • Unit: 13th Australian Infantry Battalion

Collection Items

Digitised Collection (1)

Collection of material relating to Stephen Charles Allen and Robert Beattie Allen, 1916-1944 RCDIG0000929

Private Record (1)

1. Allen, Stephen Charles (Private, 13th Bn, d: 1916) 2. Allen, Robert B ( Private, 13th Bn d: 1916) 3DRL/7531

Digitised Collection

Collection of material relating to Stephen Charles Allen and Robert Beattie Allen, 1916-1944

Letters and documents relating to the First World War service of 3002 Private Stephen Charles Allen and 3003 Private Robert Beattie Allen, 13th Infantry Battalion. The collection contains personal correspondence from the brothers to their mother and sisters, descriptions of the fighting at Mouquet...

RCDIG0000929

Private Record

1. Allen, Stephen Charles (Private, 13th Bn, d: 1916) 2. Allen, Robert B ( Private, 13th Bn d: 1916)

Collection relating to the First World War service of brothers 3002 Private Stephen Charles Allen and 3003 Private Robert Beattie Allen, 13 Battalion. Collection consists of commemorative scrolls and King's messages; eight letters; telegrams and reports confirming the death of both brothers in...

3DRL/7531

Photograph

P00695.001

Studio portrait of the Allen family of Manly, NSW. Identified left to right: back row: Miss Florence Allen, Mrs Hester Alice Allen, Miss Minnie Allen; front row, seated: 3003 Private (Pte) Robert Beattie Allen, 3002 Pte Stephen Charles Allen. Both men were killed by the same shell at Tom's Cut,...

P00695.001

P05399.001

Family portrait of the Allen family of Manly, NSW. In the centre is Hester Alice Allen. Behind her are her children, left to right, Bob, Florrie, Minnie and Steve. 3003 Private (Pte) Robert Beattie Allen, a labourer, prior to enlisting on 9 July 1915, and 3002 Pte Stephen Charles Allen, a carter,...

P05399.001

Heraldry

Souvenir scarf : Mrs Hester Allen

Square fringed damask weave silk scarf in red, emerald green and purple, with intergral silk fringe. The main body of the scarf is red with a central woven pattern of crescent shapes. Each corner bears a purple woven mosque flanked by palms and flowers. The scarf is bordered with a pattern of...

REL/05139

Embroidered souvenir cushion cover : Miss Minnie Allen

Gold cotton sateen souvenir cushion cover with a 40 mm wide light blue cotton braid border. The cover is embroidered in machine chain stitch with the three pyramids in shades of brown and blue, and five date palms with brown trunks with green and pink fronds. Above, in purple, is 'Piramid [sic] of...

REL/05138

Souvenir cushion cover : Miss Florrie Allen

Dark blue cotton sateen souvenir cushion cover with a 75mm deep mauve cotton braid and fringe border. The cover is embroidered in machine chain stitch with a yellow, red, green and white representation of the Australian Army's Rising Sun badge. The flags of Australian Great Britain, France and...

REL/05140

Timeline

Date of birth 1888
Date of embarkation 1915-09-06
Date of death 1916-08-14