click to enlarge Photo of John Allan. Donated by Rosalyn Bates, Granddaughter-inlaw of John Allan.
John William Allan was born in 1891 at either North Carlton (from BDM Indexes) or Ballarat (Service Records), to James Allan and Theresa Truman. 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. John had a brother, Stanley(5), who was killed in action in Belgium in 1915. Also Sarah had a brother, John McGregor who is also remembered in the Avenue.
A carpenter by trade, and working at the Darley Brick Company(2)(3), John William Allan enlisted at Melbourne on the 28th of July 1915. He joined the Mining Corps, 2nd Company, 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(4) 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.
John Allan died at South Melbourne, VIC, in 1953, aged 62.
On the plaque the name is Allen. There was a Joseph William Allen, Service No. 842, also in the 2nd Tunnelling Company, born in Sydney, enlisted in Sydney. However I believe John William Allan Service No. 473 with a wife in Bacchus Marsh is the correct person.