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Head Close honours fallen hero

Published on Monday 20 January, 2020

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Private Allen James Head, a former local resident who was killed in Korea in 1952 while serving with the Australian Army, has been officially recognised by the City of Gosnells, with a new street in Beckenham named in his honour.

The City’s Mayor David Goode and South Metropolitan MLC Pierre Yang today presented his nephew Ken Head with a replica street sign of the new Head Close at a commemorative ceremony, which was also attended by other family members.

“The immense contribution and ultimate sacrifice made by young soldiers, like PTE Allen Head, in providing the freedoms enjoyed by our community, cannot be down-played,” Mayor Goode said.

“Although the City is rarely involved in naming new streets, this was a significant case and I’m so pleased that the memory of PTE Head has been honoured in this way.

“I would like to thank Pierre Yang, a former City of Gosnells Councillor, who has gone to great lengths to make this happen.

“An Army Reservist, Mr Yang has long campaigned for streets to be named after PTE Head as well as PTE James Clifton Webster and we are continuing to look for an opportunity to name a street after PTE Webster.”

“We are indebted to the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service for our nation,” said South Metropolitan MLC Pierre Yang.

“It is vital that we honour their memories and keep their legacy alive.”

PTE Head was just 19 years old when he died while serving in the 1st Battalion, of The Royal Australian Regiment, during the Korean War.

His service is featured on the Gosnells War Memorial, at the Kings Park Honour Avenues and the Australian War Memorial’s Roll of Honour.