Allen Leslie Locke
Allen Leslie Locke. Reproduced from the Lock family in WWI by Philippa Scarlett, original from the collection of the Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation.
- N20083 (Allen Leslie)
- 3715 (Thomas)
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There is some mystery surrounding Allen Leslie Locke involving a probable double identity. From the research of Philippa Scarlett there is evidence that Thomas Locke is the same person as Allen Leslie Locke.
‘Their’ interwoven stories contain human frame and end in tragedy.
Allen Leslie Lock was born in Katoomba in 1885. Scarlett suggests however, he may not have known his birth details. She cites information that Allen Locke’s birth was registered in Windsor NSW, 1884, and named as being born in Plumpton.
Allen was the son of Charles Locke and Amelia Mary Jane Ramos/Morgan, nee Freelander (See Locke Family Lineage). Allen’s place of birth is listed as Megalong, Katoomba. He married Beatrice Priscilla Wharton in 1908.
Life before the war appeared to have been hard for Allen and Beatrice, both being involved in petty crime. Allen was found drunk and injured on the railway tracks.
He enlisted 27th March 1916 at the age of 32. Allen was part of C Company, Depot Bathurst and subsequently, on 25 April 1916 he joined C Company, 4th Reinforcements, 45th Battalion. Allen Leslie Locke’s records end here.
Allen was unable to serve overseas due to bad teeth. It is believed that Allen Leslie Locke then re-enlisted as Thomas Locke.
Thomas Locke, aged 34 of Schofield Sidings enlisted in Granville on 9th June 1917. His papers were initially marked Hawkesbury unit Australian Light Horse. Both enlistment forms (for Allen Leslie and Thomas) list Beatrice Priscilla/Pricella/Precella Locke (nee Wharton) as wife and next of kin. Further, both forms list dark complexion, dark hair, brown eyes, defective teeth, have exactly the same height and chest measurements and are of a similar age. However Thomas gave his place of birth as Rooty Hill and he had a scar and birthmark not noted on Allen Leslie’s medical record.
Thomas served in the Lighthorse in Egypt and left for Cairo on 19th December 1917. He was injured in Nov 1918 while on leave in Cairo. His unit, the 7th Light Horse was involved in British operations in the Jordan Valley and at the end of the war helped to quell the Egyptian revolt early in 1919. Thomas returned to Australia 3 August 1919.
Allen re-emerges in 1919. This article is from the Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW: 1888 – 1954), Friday 8 August 1919, page 9.
Among the recently returned soldiers are Privates Cecil and Stanley Alcorn, who are cousins.
Sergt.-Major Bert Kenny, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenny, of ‘The Pines,’ Riverstone, and Private Allan Locke, of Schofields, came home on Monday night and had a great reception. The station was gaily decorated and the Band played the returning heroes home.
Ald. H. R. Reid, J.P., and. Mr. C. Davis, J.P., welcomed the men on behalf of the people of the town and district. Sergt.-Major Kenny has been away about four years, and was in much heavy fighting at Gallipoli and in Palestine. The soldiers were taken home in Mr. East’s car after the reception.”
Allen Leslie Locke died on the evening of the 21st March, 1952. His death echoing the earlier pre-war incident on the railway tracks mentioned above. In another article from the Nepean Times (Penrith, NSW : 1882 – 1962), dated Thursday 1 May 1952 (page 6):
“Man on Railway Line Fatally Injured
WALKING along the railway line at Warrimoo on the evening of March 21, Allan Leslie Locke (66), of Schoflelds, was struck by a ‘train and fatally Injured. At an inquest held on Thursday the district coroner, Mr. N. C. Gardner, returned a verdict of accidental death and said that there had been no lack of care on the part of the railway authorities; any negligence would appear to have been with deceased.”