1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 22306 Raymond Eric Allen
- Age: 23
- From: Brockton, Salop
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
- K.I.A Sunday 30th July 1916
- Commemorated at: Guillemont Rd Cem
Panel Ref: IV.H.2
In 1901 7 year old scholar Raymond is living with father the head of that household at Mogg Forest, Brockton, Shipton. His father is shown as a Labourer on a farm.
In 1911 Raymond now 17 years old appears on the Census as Eric Allen a servant and waggoner on a farm of John Arthur Morgan at Shipton Grange, Much Wenlock, Salop.
On the 9th November 1914 Raymond enlists in Liverpool into the 20th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 22306 Raymond Eric Allen, a Clerk then aged 21 years and 103 days. He is described as being 5 Foot 9 inches in height, weighed 146 lbs with a 38 and a half Chest. He had grey eyes, dark brown hair and his religion was Church of England.
Formed in November 1914 the 20th Battalion were originally billeted at Tournament Hall, Knotty Ash before on 29th January 1915 they moved to the hutted accommodation purposely built at Lord Derby’s estate at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 19th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. He arrived in France on 7th November 1915.
His Army record shows that after enlistment he was 363 days at home 09/11/1914 to 06/11/1915 then in France from 07/11/1915. It also shows that he had two periods in hospitals in April 1916 suffering from Pyrexia (Fever) before being returned to his Unit with the 20th Btn. On 30/07/1916 the 20th Battalion ws part of the offensive against the German stronghold of Guillemont.
The battalion diary records:when he was killed in action, aged 23 during the fighting for Guillemont Village, France during the Somme Offensive.
"On 30th July 1916 at 4:45 a.m. the Second Battle of Guillemont commenced in a Thick Mist and it was impossible to see more than ten yards this continued till 6 a.m. when it lifted slightly but it was still difficult to see 100 yards away, by 6 a.m. the German Maltz Horn Trench had been gained. Second Lt. C P Moore reported he had 150 men, 4 Stokes guns and two Lewis guns. He was the only Officer remaining. By 9.10 a.m. he sent back a message that his men had been reduced to seventy five. Two patrols which he had sent out in front had not returned."
Raymond was among those killed in action on that day. He was aged 23 and now rests at Guillemont Road Cemetery IV.H.2 where his headstone bears the epitaph:
"HERE LET HIM SLEEP AWHILE"
His Father Richard received his Army Pay of £6:10s:10d on 23/11/1916, sadly there were no soldiers personal effects found. A War Gratuity of £7:10s was also paid with his 3 medals to his Father Richard on 23/09/1919.
Raymond is remebered at home on the Shipton Church plaque.
Grateful thanks are extended to John Cooper for providing family information and the photograph of Raymond.
Killed On This Day.(104 Years this day)
Monday 27th November 1916.
Pte 51893 James Arnold
38 years old