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John Allison

John Alison was born in Glasgow Scotland.

He came out to Australia at 18 years of age. He enlisted on 6th January 1915 and embarked on the HMAT A9 “Shropshire” on 17 March 1915 aged 23.

His calling was stated as a Farm labourer with his address on embarkion role was Clapp’s Bridge Greenethorpe. There is another reference to Clapp Bros. Iandra Greenethorpe, which may mean he was employed by “Clapp Bros” of Clapp’s Bridge Greenethorpe. As yet I do not know of any current reference to where Clapp’s Bridge is or relatives of the family. There was an Edwin Clapp on our Honour Role Board (killed 1918), who is more than likely linked to John Alison, but I don’t know at this stage.

What is know is that John was part of the 4th Battalion, a Battalion that landed on this day 95 years ago.John was listed as missing then killed in action on or between 6-9 August 1915. Through a bit of digging of where the 4th Battalion were in Gallipoli and those dates it is almost certain John was killed during the so-called August offensive in the Lone Pine Area. This was the most successful part of the offensive which had an element of attack all thru the ANZAC sector, in particular the famous charge of the light horse at the Nek further north.

Given the Lone Pine part of the offensive was a success in military eyes, with a gain of country from the Turks, this probably led to John being found and buried in the Lone Pine cemetery. The Lone Pine offensive lasted for 3-4 days and cost about 2000 Australian lives.


I was able to find John Allison’s grave and lay a poppy there.


Mark Bryant