Allan, Maxwell Grant (5028)
Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC
Age: 18 years 8 months
Enlistment Details: Friday, 17 December 1915 – Adelaide, SA
Service Number: 5028 view online service record
78 Pulsford Road
Next of Kin:
Ester Allan (mother)
78 Pulsford Road
Date: Saturday, 25 March 1916
Ship: HMAT Shropshire A9
Port: Adelaide, SA
Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion – 16th Reinforcements
KIA: Sunday, 20 May 1917
Lance Corporal, 32 Infantry, killed in action 20 May, 1917, France, aged 23, commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France.
Parents: Maxwell Grant Davidson and Esther ALLAN, born Port Melbourne, educated Sturt Street SS ? and Adelaide High School. He was a 21-year-old grocer and enlisted from Prospect, South Australia, the district shown as his closest place of association. It is unclear when the family moved – the circular suggested that he was educated in part at the Sturt Street State School, but there has never been a school in Sturt Street, South Melbourne and it appears likely the venue was in Adelaide.
Additional research by Brian Membrey
Maxwell was born on 30 April 1896 and by 1903, the family had moved to Prospect, SA. Maxwell was admitted to Nailsworth Primary School on 20 April 1903 and left on 5 Nov 1903 possibly to attend Sturt Street State School, Adelaide as indicated above. His name appears on the Nailsworth Primary School Roll of Honour and the Prospect Roll of Honour on display at the Prospect RSL sub branch.
Maxwell had three brothers Donald John Grant Allan (b 11 Nov 1901), Alfred Stuart Grant Allan (22 May 1904), Ralph Seymour Grant Allan (b Mar 1906) and two sisters Elsie Elizabeth Allan (11 Jun 1898) and Marjorie Annie Allan (12 Oct 1909). His father was a fish salesman and later became a ganger with the South Australian Railways.
Additional research by Neil Rossiter
“Allan was in my platooon, VIII, and I knew him well. On May 20th at Lagincourt, near Noulincourt we were holding a line and it was about 3 p.m. Fritz put over a barrage and Allan got hit. I did not see Allan but Pte Drane told me the same night that he was with a yard or two of Allan when he was hit … he went over to Allan and found him dead and from the nature of his injuries he must have died instantaneously …” (Pte A H Jeffery, 4938)