ALLAN FOLKS: A casualty at Pozieres
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.