Arthur Samuel Allen
Arthur Samuel Allen (1894 - 1959), by William Dargie, courtesy of Australian War Memorial. ART22346. .Image Details
ALLEN, ARTHUR SAMUEL (1894-1959), army officer and accountant, was born on 10 March 1894 at Hurstville, Sydney, fifth child of John Allen, a native-born engine driver, and his English wife Annie, née Hadfield. Educated at Hurstville Superior Public School, Arthur worked as an audit clerk in the New South Wales Government Railways. He served in the cadets and in the 39th Battalion, Australian Military Forces; commissioned in September 1913, he transferred to the 38th Battalion. On 24 June 1915 he was appointed to the Australian Imperial Force and in August embarked for Egypt with reinforcements for the 13th Battalion. In March 1916 he became a platoon commander and was promoted captain in the newly-formed 45th Battalion.
Arriving in France on 8 June, Allen survived the terrible German artillery barrage at Pozières in August and ...Read more at the source website