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William Evan Allan

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - The last Australian veteran to see active service in World War I has died at age 106, government officials said Tuesday (18 October 2005).

William Evan Allan enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy at the outbreak of the war when he was just 14. He served as a seaman on the HMAS Encounter from 1915 to 1918.

"With his passing, we have lost an entire generation who left Australia to defend our nation, the British Empire and other nations in the cause of freedom and democracy," Veteran Affairs Minister De-Anne Kelly said in a statement.

"Mr. Allan was just a boy when he went to war, much younger than most. His sacrifice is remembered and we honor him for his service," she said.

Allan, born in the southeastern town of Bega in July 1899 and a resident of Melbourne, also was Australia's sole surviving veteran of both world wars. In World War II, Allan served on an armed merchant cruiser and as pier master of a naval base.

He died Monday night, Kelly said. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Allan sailed in the Pacific and Indian oceans escorting troop ship convoys. His ship, the Encounter, also took part in the search for the German raider Wolf, which caused havoc with Allied shipping in the region, the statement said.

He served in the Royal Australian Navy for 34 years, retiring in 1947 with the rank of lieutenant, before becoming a farmer.

John Campbell Ross, 106, a wireless operator who enlisted in 1918 while Australia was still involved in the war but never left Australia is now considered Australia's only surviving World War I veteran, Kelly said.

Allan was survived by his daughter and two grandchildren. Authorities in Victoria state said he would be given a state funeral, but no date was immediately set.


The Australian National Anthem

Advance Australia Fair
Lyrics and Music: Amicus (pen name of Peter Dodds
McCormick, 1878 - Adopted 1984

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea.
Our land abounds in Nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In hist'ry's page, let ev'ry stage
Advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
"Advance Australia Fair."

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We'll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
"Advance Australia Fair."

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