17 November 2014

Allan Aulsebrook

This story has some rather odd twists. I received the Australian Service Medal 1939-45 awarded to LCPL Allan Lumsden Aulsebrook from the Australian Embassy in London after it had been handed in. The WWII nominal roll shows that Allan, a member of the Australian Army Canteen Service, died in June 1945. How interesting.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site gave part of the answer but the mystery grew when I read he died in Cowra. I knew that the Cowra Breakout was in August 1944 so he wasn't one of the four Australian's killed by the escaping Japanese POWs. It was from the AWM that I found he died of illness.
Allan never married I started looking at his siblings. His brother John had two daughters Janet and Lynette. Through Ancestry.com I found an Aulsebrook family tree. I sent off a message to the tree owner, Phil, who as it turns out lives in Canada. Phil was able to put me in touch with Lynette and the search is now resolved. Although I am scratching my head a bit at how a medal awarded to a soldier who died in Cowra ended up in England.
The returned medal tally is now 1567.



  1. You will find out later rather than sooner. Excellent work.

  2. Lynette Aulsebrook18 November, 2014 00:08

    Thank you so much, Glyn, for your efforts in bringing home Uncle Allan's medal.