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Harry Allen

Biography of Private Harry Allen
26982 – 2nd Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Formerly 5573 – Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 10th October 1916

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Henry Allen

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Jan – Mar 1896

Place of Birth Registration:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Office clerk


No marriage for Harry has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.


Father’s Name:
Albert Swain Allen

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Morton, Lincolnshire, England

Father’s Occupation:

Mother’s Name:
Frances Corney

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Aslackby, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
1889 Bourne District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
John D Allen, 1890, Bourne
Frances Mills Allen, 1892, Bourne
Henry Allen, 1896, Bourne
Mary Lawson Allen, 1897, Bourne
Dora Kathleen Allen, 1900, Bourne
Ethel May Allen, 1902, Bourne
Daisy Allen, 1907, Bourne

1901 Census:
Harry is living with his parents in Bourne.

1911 Census:
Harry is living with his parent in Bourne Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 15 and he is listed as an office clerk.

Relatives in services:

Newspaper Mentions:
Grantham Journal Saturday 28th October 1916.
District Roll of Honour
Private Harry Allen of Bourne
Mr and Mrs A S Allan, of Bourne, have received the following letter from a commanding officer concerning the death of their son, Private Harry Allen:- “It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you of the death of your son. He was hit in two places on the head by a burst shell at about 2.30pm on the 10th inst. He never regained consciousness and died at seven o’clock the same evening in hospital, so that he never suffered any pain. I, his platoon commander, the Sergeant and all the men of his platoon wish to tender to you our most sincere condolence. Needless to say, your son always did hid duty and was most popular with his company.” Pte Allen was a well-known visitor to Kirkby Underwood where his father was formerly postman for a great many years. He was of a very bright disposition. He used to be a singer in Bourne Abbey Church choir and also a teacher in the Sunday School. He would have been 21 next month. Great sympathy is felt for his parents and friends. A brother of the deceased is in the army.


Attestation Papers:
None found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
Not found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Harry Allen, 26982, Royal Warwickshire was killed in action on 10th October 1916 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
The British Medal
The Victory Medal


Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In Memory of Private Harry Allen, 26982, Royal Warwickshire who died on 10 October 1916 Age 20.
Son of Albert Swain Allen and Frances Allen of “The Willows” Meadow Gate, Bourne, Lincs
Remembered with Honour Nieppe Communal Cemetery

More information:

Military Service Timeline

This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed.