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Allen, E., Pte., 1916

Medal Card

Tyneside Irish Badge

At the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery is the Commonwealth War Grave for 24/866 Private Edward Allen serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Irish) 24th Battalion, who died 07/08/1916.

Derek Johnstone has provided the following:

Edward Allen was born at Radcliffe, Lancashire in 1879 and was the son of Edward and Hannah Allen, both from Radcliffe.

In 1891 Census, Edward was 12 years old and a scholar living with his parents at 204, Boldons, Radcliffe, where his father was a miner. On 6th June 1900 Edward married Emma Garbutt and in the 1901 Census he was living at 312, Bolton Road, Radcliffe. Edward was 22 years old and employed as a collier, his wife Emma was 25. They had a baby daughter, Emma, at this time, aged less than a month old.

By the time of the 1911 Census, Edward aged 32 and family have moved to live at 10, Haswell Plough, Haswell, Durham, where he was coal filler in the mines. In the house, in addition to his wife Emma, are children Edith, 10, Richard, 7, Ethel, 1 and Florence 4 months. Also lodging at this address was Edwards’s brother James, aged 39 and a miner.

Military records show Edward enlisted at Deaf Hill, Durham, and his Pension Index Card only shows his widow Emma. Edward is also shown in the Ireland, Casualties of World War 1, 1914-1922 because he served with the Tyneside Irish. CWGC documents confirm he is the son of Edward and Hannah Allen of Radcliffe and husband of Emma Dale (formerly Allen) who had remarried and lived at 131, Water Street, Radcliffe, Lancashire.

Edward Allen is remembered in Wheatley Hill on W114.01 and W114.03 and in our List of Tyneside Irish

The CWGC entry for Private Allen

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk