Matthew Allen

First Name: 
Matthew
Last Name: 
Allen
Date of Birth: 
Monday, November 24, 1890
Mother's Name: 
Annie Allen
Father's Name: 
Matthew Allen
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, September 4, 1917
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Sapper
Unit: 
1st Tunnelling Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, August 10, 1951
Place of Death: 
Illawarra Cottage Hospital, N.S.W.
Details: 

Matthew Allen (Service No 8139) was born in Loch, Gippsland, Victoria.

At enlistment he was single, 27 years old, worked as a miner and lived at Helensburgh, N.S.W.  He embarked from Melbourne on SS Indarra with Tunnelling Companies (September 1916-February 1918): June 1917 Reinforcements on 26th November 1917.

The troops arrived in England on 2nd February 1918 and Matthew was sent on to France, arriving on 2nd April 1918.

He joined 1st Tunnelling Company in the field on 16th April and saw service on the Western Front until he was wounded in action on 4th November 1918 when he was evacuated to hospital in England for treatment of shell concussion.

Matthew was returned to Australia in July 1919 and discharged on 1st October 1919.

On 30th September 1922 he married Mary Craig at Helensburgh. 

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, ALLEN M

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