He appears on the Wolverhampton Roll of Honour as “Allen John Corporal 7th Bn South Staffordshire Regiment”; the Commonwealth War Grave has his rank, service number, date of death, Regiment and the Tyne Cot Memorial as being where he is recorded, but no family information.


John Allen’s Medal Roll Index Card shows that he enlisted in the S Staffs as a Private, Regimental Number 10403, was later promoted to Corporal, that the Theatre of War he first served in was 2B Balkans, that the Date of Entry therein was 6.10.1915, and that he was “K in A 19.8.17”.


John Allen’s name appears in the Register of Soldiers effects, which shows that he was in the 7th Btn S Staffs, Cpl, “Date of Death19.8.17 in action Belgium” and that payments were made to “Mother Eliza sole legatee £5.15s.5d and £18.10s.” His Birth Place is shown in “UK Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919” as Wolverhampton.


Unfortunately it has proved impossible to identify personal records for John Allen with any degree of confidence. Three possible John Allens born at Wolverhampton, with a mother called Eliza or Elizabeth, were found on the 1891 and 1901 censuses, also in the National School Registers, and at FreeBMD. If anyone can assist with information, it would be very welcome.