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Full Name: John Kenneth Allan
Rank Last Held: Trooper
Forename(s): John Kenneth
Surname: Allan
War: South African War, 1899-1902
Serial No.: 800
First Known Rank: Trooper
Occupation before Enlistment: Mechanical Engineer
Next of Kin: W. Allan (father), Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand
Enlistment Address: Westland, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: 3rd Contingent
Embarkation Unit: 3rd New Zealand Mounted Rifles, 5 Company
Embarkation Date: 17 February 1900
Place of Embarkation: Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand
Vessel: Knight Templar
Destination: South Africa
Military Awards: Queen's South Africa Medal
Last Unit Served: 3rd Contingent, New Zealand Mounted Rifles
Place of Death: Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
Date of Death: 5 February 1901
Year of Death: 1901
Cause of Death: Enteric fever
Memorial Name:
  • Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899 - 1902
Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 8 February 1901
Description of Image:
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 1st - 7th Contingents, (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, commemoration panel (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899-1902, Name panel A: A'Court, S.C. - Arkell, C.A. (photo John Halpin, December 2011).
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899-1902 Dedication panel. (photo John Halpin, December 2011).
Additional Information: Before World War I, enteric fever, or typhoid fever, was the scourge of armies, and in the Anglo-Boer War killed more soldiers than enemy action. It is caused by a bacteria entering the body via contaminated food or water. Early symptoms include high fever, headaches and lassitude. Follicles along the intestinal walls later become inflamed, often leading to perforation and hemorrhaging. Other complications include gall bladder, pneumonia or heart failure. At the time of the Boer War, there were no antibiotic remedies for the disease.
Further References:
Sources Used:
  • Stowers, R. (1992). Kiwi versus Boer: the First New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. Hamilton, NZ, The Author.
  • New Zealand Herald
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