John Edmund Allison
John Allison (Service No 6768a) was born in Kiama in 1900 and attended Kiama Public School. At the time of enlistment he stated he was a single 18 year old postal official serving in the Militia. He was actually a 16 year old telegram boy. Alexander however was able to enlist and embarked on HMAT A72 Beltana on 16th June 1917 with 20th Reinforcements, 17th Battalion.
After arriving in England he was sent to the Western Front, arriving on 21st March 1918, joining 20th battalion on 24th March. On 23rd April 1918 while fighting the Germans at the Somme, John was killed in action.
John is believed to be buried in Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery Plot II, Row C, Grave 12, Albert France.