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Arthur Guy Allen (1893 - 1942)

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Arthur Guy (Guy) Allen
Born in Evercreech, Somerset, England, United Kingdommap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
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Profile last modified 20 Jan 2020 | Created 21 Jun 2019
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Arthur was born in 1893 at Evercreech, Somerset, England, the son of John Allen, a farmer and his wife Bessie, nee Wainwright. He preferred to be called Guy.

Guy enlisted in the AIF during WW1 at Charleville, Queensland on 07 Nov 1914. He was a labourer, 5 ft 9 & 1/2 in tall, with fair complexion, blue eyes and Light brown hair. He became a Private (No. 535) in the 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment. He embarked at Sydney on 21 Dec 1914 for Egypt. He landed at Gallipoli on 16 May 1915 and was slightly wounded there on 05 Nov 1915. He remained with his unit.

He was marched out to Serapheum on 23 Feb 1916 from Maadi and was severely wounded in the right arm at Dueidar, east of the Suez Canal. He was invalided back to Australia on the "Ascanius", departing Cairo on 02 Sep 1916 and was discharged in Brisbane on 07 Mar 1917.

He enlisted in the AMF in Brisbane, Queensland on 14 Feb 1918 in the Army Pay Corps as a Corporal. (No. 209). He was promoted upwards by increment to Staff Sergeant 2nd Class by 02 Jul 1919. He was discharged at his own request on 21 Oct 1919.

He moved to the Territory of New Guinea by about 1921. By 1932 he was living in the Territory of New Guinea at Pondo on New Britain where he was the accountant for the main coconut dessicating factory in the Territory.[1]

By 1942 Guy was a planter and copra merchant on Mioko Island in the Duke of York Island Group in the Territory of New Guinea.

He was also a Coast Watcher, observing shipping movements and reporting by radio to Allied Intelligence. At this stage of the War civilian Coast Watchers were not being given honorary ranks in the military.

When the Japanese invaded in Jan 1942 he was captured at Mioko Island and interned as a civilian prisoner.

He died on board the "Montevideo Maru" when it was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of the Philippines on 01 Jul 1942, en route from Rabaul to Hainan where he was destined for forced labour.

His name is commemorated among the Fallen on the Coastwatchers Memorial Lighthouse at Madang, PNG.[2]


  1. NEW GUINEA NOTES, (20 December 1932). (1932-12-20). In Pacific islands monthly : PIM. III (5), -
  • Birth - UK GRO BDM Birth index - ALLEN, ARTHUR GUY; WAINWRIGHT; GRO Reference: 1893 S Quarter in SHEPTON MALLET Volume 05C Page 467
  • Probate Notice - IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE TERRITORY OF PAPUA - NEW GUINEA. PROBATE JURISDICTION. (1948, March 3). Territory of Papua-New Guinea Government Gazette (1945 - 1949), p. 51. Retrieved June 21, 2019, from

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