Allen, Lieutenant Geoffrey Dunster

No 5 Training Sqn AFC

Geoffrey Allen came from Newcastle, NSW, where he was born on 9 November 1896, and was educated at Newington College in Sydney. He was working as an accountant and living in Haberfield when he joined the Army. After serving as a Lieutenant in the 31st Infantry Battalion of the AMF, and following a previous attempt to enlist which failed as he was underage, he enlisted in the AFC at Sydney on 15 June 1917, and departed from Melbourne on HMAT A32 Themistocles on 4 August 1917 and disembarked at Glasgow, Scotland. He then transferred to the AFC and arrived at the Depot at Wendover on 3 October, but was admitted to Hospital in Cambridge on 29 November due to nasal problems. On 24 June 1918 he arrived at No 5 Training Sqn, from No 1 School of Aeronautics at Reading, and after graduation was appointed as a Flying Officer (Pilot) on 28 July. He was one of the comparatively small number of Great War pilots who was required to wear glasses while flying.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Minchinhampton on 7 September 1918 when flying Sopwith Camel C106. While practising aerobatics prior to his final test before going to a Fighting School, he lost control during a loop and the aeroplane was inverted as it spun before crashing into a Dutch barn at Clarke’s Farm. He had acquired 12 hours and 20 minutes’ experience on Camels at the time of his death.

Lt G D Allen is buried at Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England.

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