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On 18th February 1915, George Henry Allen enlisted in Territorial Force, and was posted into the 2/5th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was given the service number 3823, later 241667.

At the time of his enlistment he was living at 28 King St, Sevinton with his wife, Mary. He was 28 years old and had no previous military experience.

He sailed with the 2/5th Battalion from Southampton to La Havre, landing on 9th February 1917.

Less than three weeks later, 26th February 1917, Private Allen was amongst the first fatalities of their Battalion. He was killed in the trenches in the Fleurbaix sector.

His wife, Mary Allen, who by June 1917 had moved back to Lancashire and was living at 346, Bolton Road, Pendlebury, received her husbands’ personal effects;

  • 1 x Identity disc
  • 1 x Letter
  • Photographs
  • 1 x First aid book
  • 1 x Knife
  • 1 x Spoon

Mary was also awarded a widows pension of 22/11 a week for herself and their two children.

Rank: Private
Service No: 241667
Date of Death: 26/02/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 2nd/5th Bn.

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