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Robert Allen was born in 1887 at Farnworth, Lancashire.

In the 1911 census he is living at 47 Leinster Street, Farnworth, with his parents Joseph and Alice, also his brother William, two sisters Bertha and Phyllis.

Prior to the War, he attended Albert Road Congregational church. He was the caretaker of Men’s institute and a member of the billiard team. He worked as a spinner at Beehive No 2 cotton mill. Robert enlisted on 10th December 1915 and was mobilized to the 5th Battalion on 14th August 1916. On 13th December 1916 he was posted to France with the 1/4th Battalion.

Robert was listed wounded and missing on 31st July 1917. Sadly on 5th September 1917 his name appeared on an official German list of the dead, and his identity discs and paybook were returned.

His brother William also served with the Loyal North Lancs.

Rank: Private
Service No: 202611
Date of Death: 31/07/1917
Age: 30
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.

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