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Australian Imperial Force 49th Btn



19th Nov 1916 Reliefs Completed

3rd Apr 1917 Reliefs Completed

11th Apr 1917 On the Move

3rd May 1917 Courts Martial

5th May 1917 Courts Martial

8th May 1917 Rifle Meeting

9th May 1917 Rifle Meeting

7th Jun 1917 Into Support

8th Jun 1917 Wild Romours

9th Jun 1917 Pushing Forwards

14th Jun 1917 Brigade Parade

19th Jun 1917 Courts Martial

22nd Jun 1917 Courts Martial

1st Jul 1917 Cricket Match

13th Jul 1917 Into Support

27th Jul 1917 Inspection

6th Aug 1917 On Stand by

24th Aug 1917 Front Line Recce

25th Aug 1917 Preparing for Reliefs

16th Sep 1917 Brigade Sports

17th Sep 1917 Lecture

19th Sep 1917 Training

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Those known to have served with

Australian Imperial Force 49th Btn

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Allen Ernest. Pte. (d.25th Apr 1918)
  • Allen James Edward. Pte. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Allen Josiah. Pte. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Appleby Aaron. Pte.
  • Harriss Frederick George. Pte. (d.13th Sep 1918)
  • Kendall George William. Pte. (d.7th Jun 1917)

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Pte. Frederick George Harriss 49th Btn. (d.13th Sep 1918)

Frederick George Harriss died on 13th September 1918 and is buried in the Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension in France. He was born at Crow’s Nest, Queensland Australia on 14 Sept 1893 son of Amos and Virginia Harriss of Ravensbourne, Queensland.

s flynn




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Pte. Josiah Allen 49th Infantry Battalion (d.7th Jun 1917)

Josiah Allen was born at Gin Gin, Queensland, on 11th February 1890. He was considered a skilled marksman and horseman, and was a member of the Gin Gin Rifle Club. The 26-year-old farmer and grazier enlisted for service with the Australian Imperial Force on 5th July 1916, as did his brothers Ernest and James Edward. The three brothers departed Sydney with reinforcements for the 49th Infantry Battalion aboard HMAT Ceramic on 7th October 1916.

Having been sent to the Western Front, Allen wrote two letters to his brother William back in Australia in which he responded to news from home and described the conditions at the Front. Grateful for the food packages from home he despaired at the continual rain and cold weather on the Front. On 7th June 1917, Allen and his two brothers fought at the Battle of Messines. It was on this day that Josiah Allen, initially listed as missing, was later confirmed to have been killed in action, along with his brother James. His body was never recovered, and today Josiah Allen is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

s flynn




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Pte. James Edward Allen 49th Infantry Battalion (d.7th Jun 1917)

James Edward Allen was born at Gin Gin, Queensland, on 11 March 1886. He was considered a skilled marksman and was a member of the Gin Gin Rifle Club. The 30-year-old farmer and grazier enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 5th July 1916 along with two of his brothers, Ernest and Josiah. Together the three brothers departed Sydney with the reinforcements for the 49th Infantry Battalion aboard HMAT Ceramic on 7th October 1916

Having been sent to the Western Front, Allen frequently wrote letters to his brother William back in Australia, in which he responded to news from home and described the conditions at the front. In a letter dated 4th June 1917 he wrote of a large-scale offensive to take place over the coming days, and on 7th June Allen and his two brothers fought at the battle of Messines. Initially listed as missing in action, Allen was later confirmed to have been killed in action on that day along with his brother Josiah. One witness reported seeing him killed by an artillery shell. James Edward Allen is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium.

s flynn




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Pte. Ernest Allen 49th Infantry Battalion (d.25th Apr 1918)

Ernest Allen was born at Gin Gin, Queensland, on 8th October 1883. He was considered an expert horseman with considerable skill as a marksman and became champion of the Wide Bay region in Queensland in 1914. The 32-year-old farmer and grazier enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 5th July 1916. Two of Allen's brothers, Josiah and James, also enlisted that same day. Together the three brothers departed Sydney with reinforcements for the 49th Infantry Battalion aboard HMAT Ceramic on 7th October 1916.

Having been sent to England and then to the Western Front, Allen and his two brothers fought at the battle of Messines on 7th June 1917. It was on this day that both of his brothers were killed in action. Allen frequently wrote letters home, describing the conditions on the front. His experiences there led him to write in one letter that he was quite pleased the 1916 referendum on conscription had failed, a sentiment shared by many other soldiers at the time.

In April 1918 the Australian 13th Brigade (of which the 49th Battalion was a part) was given the task of recapturing Villers-Bretonneux from the Germans. Ernest Allen was killed in action on 25th April 1918 while fighting to recapture the town. He is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France.

Sadly, whilst Allen's family requested any and all information about his burial and belongings, the transport ship carrying his personal effects from England back to Australia was sunk by a German submarine. All they received were two photographs of his grave and his service medals.

s flynn






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