Mason Family History

Allan McPheeAllan Douglas McPhee


Born: abt 1892 at Yan Yean, Victoria
parents: Donald McPhee and Elizabeth McLaughlin
Died: 8th May 1915, Gallipoli, Turkey


Allan Douglas McPhee was the son of Donald McPhee, a storekeeper from the Isle of Skye, Scotland, and his Victorian-born wife Elizabeth, née McLaughlin. He was the brother of John Cameron McPhee, Premier of Tasmania from 1928 to 1934.

Allan enlisted in the Army in Northcote on the 17th August 1914, he was 22 years old, and working as a laborour. His address was 47 High Street, North Fitzroy (also listed as Northcote South elsewhere. This was his parents address). He enlisted into the 60th Infantry.

He embarked HMAT Hororata on 19 October 1914, leaving from Melbourne.

He served as a Private in WW1 (Service Number 130), 7th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Brigade, AIF., and was killed in action at Cape Helles Gallipoli aged 23 during the attack on Krithia, 8th May 1915.

Allan McPhee enlistment - click for large viewHis memorial at Helles (panel 201-204 or 332) reads :

McPHEE Private ALLAN DOUGLAS 130. 7th Bn. Australian Infantry A.I.F. 8th May 1915. Age 23. Son of Donald and Elizabeth McPhee of 47 High St. Northcote South Victoria Australia. Of Yan Yean Victoria. Panel_201_to_204

There is a photo of Allan (courtesy of the Australia War memorial, shown above), taken in Cairo during WWI, probably 1914 or very early 1915. The picture is of him and his Indian friend (name & regiment unknown), a Gurkha (possible) or a Sikh (likely).

To see a copy of many of his service documents, see this link to the Australian Archives: