ALLEN, Robert George
(Service number 53299)

Aliases Registered as ALLAN
First Rank Private Last Rank Rifleman


Date 21 September 1896 Place of Birth Waimate, NZ

Enlistment Information

Date 30 January 1917 Age 20
Address at Enlistment Cranston St, Anderson's Bay, Dunedin
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs R Allan (mother), Cranston St, Anderson's Bay, Dunedin
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 28th Reinforcements Specialists Co, Machine-Gun Section
Date 14 July 1917
Transport Waitemata
Embarked From Wellington, NZ Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Rifle Brigade, 3rd Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Western Front
Service Medals British War Medal & Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 28 October 1918 Age 22
Place of Death Le Cateau, France
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-au-Bois, Nord, France
Memorial Reference II. F. 24.
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Timaru South School WW1 Memorial plaque

Biographical Notes

Prior to enlistment George worked on his mother's farm at "Sunnybrook" Cave. He was medically boarded in Timaru 4 May 1917 by Lt Col George Lyon (travelling medical board) and described as weight 147 lbs, chest 35 inches, height 5 foot 5 inches, complexion fair, eyes hazel and hair brown. He served in NZ from 4 May 1917 to 21 Nov 1917. George left for France ex England 20 Mar 1918.

Roberts father was born in Scotland and his mother born in Waimate. His attended Willowbridge School in 1904 (given address was Waimate) and Timaru Main School in 1905 (given address as Arthur St, Timaru).

In August 1916 he enlisted in No 2 Coy NZ Artillery as he was then too young for overseas service. Prior to enlistment Robert worked as a clerk for the National Mortgage Company Dunedin. He was medically boarded in Dunedin on 30 Jan 1917 and described as weight 168 lbs, chest 33 1/2 inches, height 6 foot, complexion dark, eyes blue and hair dark. His teeth were satisfactory but he required a filling. He served in NZ from 30 Jan 1917 to 14 Jul 1917 and overseas from 14 Jul 1917 until his death 28 Oct 1918. On his way overseas he was transferred to the "Omrah" at Cape Town and disembarked at Southampton 25 Sep 1917. He arrived in France 22 Nov 1917.

His war medals, scroll and plaque were sent to his mother Mrs A S Allan, Cranston Street, Dunedin.


Cenotaph (July 2013 & October 2014); Archives NZ; New Zealand Society of Genealogists Index Version 5

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Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG & Timaru Herald, Ted Hansen

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