- First World War (1914-1918)
- 45th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force
- Awarded on:
- January 7th, 1919
For continuous devotion to duty and untiring enery during the whole of the fighting from February till July 1917. Dyring this period Major ALLEN was either in command or 2nd in command of a Battalion.
During the heavy fighting near ALBERT on 27th March and 5th April 1918, Major ALLEN commanded the 45th Battalion which conspicuous gallantry and skill. In both engagement his Battalion made a strong defence and stubbornly resisted the enemy attacks.
When the 12th Austraian Infantry Brigade participated with the French in the attack on MONUMENT WOOD near VILLERS BRETONNEUX on 3rd May 1918, Major ALLEN commanded the 48th Battalion which made the actual attack on the 12th Australian Infantry Brigade Front in conjuction with the French on their Right Flank. On this occasion Major ALLEN handled his Battalion with great tactical skill.
Throughout the fight he showed great personal courage and his extreme coolness, confidence, and personal bravery inspired all.