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Stanley Fairgrieve Allen

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Stanley Fairgrieve AWMM
  • Surname
    Allen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Soldier Sam Allen AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 4005 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 May 1897 AWMM LiverpoolLancashire AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Army Office, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs Florence MacDonald Allen (wife), 11 Shirley Street, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 3 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Stanley Allen was the son of George and Agnes Allen, of Liverpool, England; husband of Florence MacDonald Allen, of Wellington City, New Zealand.

    Stanley Allen attended King's College, Auckland from 1906 to 1915. He trained at Duntroon Military College (Australia) and served in India on the north-west frontier. Returning to England he trained as a signalling officer in Yorkshire and came to New Zealand in January 1929 being appointed Area Officer at Hamilton with the rank of captain. He was a member of the First Echelon to the Middle East and Divisional Signals Officer.

    He was awarded an OBE (Officer of the British Empire)

    Stanley Allen commanded 21 Battalion from 7 December 1941. At the time of his death they were taking part in the Defence of Egypt. The battle was at Reweisat Ridge. An account of the fighting is recorded in the Official History which quotes from Staff-Sergeant Philip's writings:

    '[Ten minutes after we started] an Italian soldier joined up with us giving us some Nestles chocolate and a cold cocoa drink [then] four more Italians thrust themselves upon us insisting on going back with us. [Shortly afterwards we heard] voices ahead [and]I investigated, taking one of our prisoners on my bayonet. We had run into a strong point overlooked in our advance and I was set upon by several Italians. I was bayonetted and shot through the knee and chin [Colonel Allen received four bullets in the chest and died about 3 p.m.]...' (p. 176) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    15 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 45 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM XXX. H. 1 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
19 September 2023Alison MacdonaldBeverly Hills, California, USADirect descendant
22 February 2015Paul Allen Trottiscliffe, West Malling, Kent, EnglandOther Relative

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