Allan was born about 1909 in Echuca, Victoria, the son of edmund and Alice Rachel Stanley.
He married Elizabeth Mary Carney in Redfern, NSw in 1936.
He enlisted in the Australian Army for overseas service at Royal Park, Melbourne, VIC on 18 Jul 1940 as a Private (VX36738). At the time he was married, a miner and was living at West Brunswick, VIC.
After training he was posted to 2/22nd Bn on 07 Jan 1941.
He entrained in Victoria on 11 Mar 1941 for Sydney where he embarked on 12 Mar 1941 on HMAT "Katoomba" for Rabaul, New Britain in the Territory of New Guinea, disembarking there on 28 Mar 1941. His Battalion was to form the core of "Lark Force" to defend the Territory.
After the Japanese invasion of 23 Jan 1942, he was captured on the Wide Bay coast and became a Prisoner of War, initially held at Rabaul. Japanese records have him as a Driver in B Coy, 2/22nd Bn.
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.
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