Edward Fletcher Allen
Edward Allen (Service No 2326) was born in Kiama, N.S.W. but raised in Coolamon, N.S.W as his family moved there when he was young.
Edward enlisted when he was 24 years old. He was a single man working as a labourer at this time.
He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A32 Themistocles with the 19th Battalion, 5th Reinforcements on 5th October 1915. He arrived in Egypt and was soon on his way to France, arriving on 25th March 1916. Edward saw service on the Western Front until 14th November 1916 when he was wounded, sustaining gun shot wounds to his left leg. He was admitted to hospital in France and then England for treatment. Edward was returned to his unit in Belgium on 14th October 1917.
He continued to see action until he was wounded a second time on 7th April 1918 and again admitted to hospital in France for treatment of a gun shot wound to his neck. Edward was then returned to his unit on 14th May 1918. Five days later Edward was killed in action.
Edward is buried in Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Plot IV, Row O, Grave 7.
Edward's brother George was also killed in this war.