AL­LAN FOLKS: A ca­su­alty at Pozieres

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

A DE­TAILED diary main­tained by Al­lan Folks gives us an in­sight into a typ­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence of a young soldier on the Western Front.

Born in Bon­nie Doon in 1896, he was work­ing as an en­gine driver when he en­listed in Novem­ber 1915, aged 19.

Af­ter train­ing, he ar­rived in France with the Ninth Re­in­force­ment Con­tin­gent on March 26, 1916 and went into camp at Eta­ples, not­ing in his diary that a ‘sol­diers’ grave­yard’ was be­ing es­tab­lished near Eta­ples.

Ul­ti­mately, he found his con­tin­gent join­ing the 24th Bat­tal­ion, par­tic­i­pat­ing in the dis­as­trous Bat­tle of Pozieres.

From July 25 to Au­gust 7 the 24th Bat­tal­ion suf­fered 440 ca­su­al­ties, one of whom was Al­lan Folks, who died on Au­gust

He was buried in the Eta­ples Mil­i­tary Ceme­tery he had noted in his diary some 18 weeks be­fore.

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