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: 06 September 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

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

Collection Items

Photograph

P00695.001

SYDNEY, NSW, C 1915. THE ALLEN FAMILY, FROM L TO R: MISS MINNIE ALLEN, MR ROBERT ALLEN, MRS ALLEN , MR STEPHEN ALLEN AND MISS FLORENCE ALLEN JUST PRIOR TO THE BOYS' EMBARKATION. DONOR: MRS MCILVEEN

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

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... Maker: Allen, Robert Beattie

3DRL/7531 (With records)

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

Timeline

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