John William Allan

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John Allan was born in 1891 in Victoria. His parents were James Allan and Theresa Truman. [1] John Allan was a 22 year old carpenter of Ballarat East when he enlisted during World War one. [2] He married Sarah Ross McGregor in 1914 and they had a child, Mavis Geraldine in 1915. Sarah was born in Bacchus Marsh in 1894 to John McGregor and Sarah Jane McCormac. A carpenter by trade, and working at the Darley Brick Company, John William Allan enlisted at Melbourne on the 28th of July 1915. John Allan died at South Melbourne, VIC, in 1953, aged 62. He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh. [3]

Military Experience

Corporal (473) John Allan was married and living in Ballarat when he enlisted on 28 July 1915. [4] He joined the 2nd Company Mining Corps as a Sapper and was promoted to Corporal in December 1915. He embarked in Sydney on the 20th of February 1916, aboard the HMAT Ulysses, disembarking at Marseilles on the 5th of May 1916.

From late October till the middle of December he spent some time in hospital and convalescing till he rejoined his unit in the field and transferred to the 2nd Tunnelling Company. On the 10th of July 1917, in the Nieuport sector, Belgium, John Allan suffered a gun shot wound to the left thigh and was transferred to England and admitted to Bethnal Green Military Hospital London. In September he left England aboard the Borda, arriving back in Australia in late November, finally being discharged from the AIF on the 24th of January 1918, medically unfit - gun shot wound to left thigh. [5]

See also

Australian Mining Corps

2nd Tunnelling Company


Other links

For Checking - A John Allan attended the Ballarat School of Mines in 1913. [1]

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  1. Ballarat School of Mines Enrolment Database, Federation University Historical Collection.