Photo of plaque M463APhoto of Brian Jones accepting the plaque as the great nephew of Corporal Horace Allen. Photo: D. Nicolson.
Service number
52 Battalion
Cause of death
Killed in Action
Place of death
Mouquet Farm, France
Date of death
4 September 1916
Plaque number
Co-located plaques
M463 - LT Bartholomew Stubbs
M463B - CPL James Jones
Dedicated by
Family on 14 November 2015
More information

Biography presented during plaque dedication:

Corporal Horace Beresford Allen was one of three sons and two daughters, born to Alfred and Alice Allen of Subiaco, Western Australia.

Horace was born at Traralgon in Victoria. His sporting activities covered gymnastics and cross country running as a member of the YMCA. His employment appears to have been as a clerk.

No details of when the family moved to Western Australia are known; however, Horace enlisted in Western Australia on 2 August 1915.

Following initial training, he embarked on HMAT Benalla at Fremantle as part of 9 to 12 Reinforcement group of 12 Battalion on 1 November 1915.

Following further training with 3 Training Battalion in the Middle East, he joined 52 Battalion at Tel el Kebir on 3 March 1916 and was promoted to corporal on 20 May 1916.

He was reported as missing in action on 4 September 1916. Later, this report was changed to killed in action from that date.

Corporal Horace Beresford Allen, service number 3348 of 52 Battalion, was killed in action at Mouquet Farm, France on 4 September 1916.

He was 26 years of age and his name is recorded on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Picardie, France.

His plaque is placed alongside those of known relatives, Lieutenant Bartholomew Stubbs of 51 Battalion and Corporal James Jones of 11 Division Signals Company.

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