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Stanley Gordon Allen was born in Ballarat and was a Painter when he enlisted in the 8th Battalion, 16th Reinforcements on 12 July 1915 at the age of 24. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916 and joined his unit in France towards the end of July. He had already served five years with the Royal Navy, and trained first with the Victorian Naval Unit before transferring to the 30th Battalion then finally to the 8th Battalion at Broadmeadows. On August 18th he was wounded in action, sustaining a gunshot wound to his left thigh. He was evacuated to hospital but was able to rejoin his battalion six weeks later.
In 1918 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal æFor gallantry and untiring devotion to duty at Jeancourt. This NCO personally supervised the distribution of rations to men in the forward posts and very frequently at great personal risk he visited all the posts to ensure that all men received ample rations. His individual effort did much towards adding comfort to the men under the trying circumstances and his cheery nature and utter disregard of danger was an inspiring example to all.' By the end of the war he had risen to the rank of Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant.
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