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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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Pte 51684 Stanley Howard Allen

  • Age: 21
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Thursday 12th October 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.
Stanley Howard was born on 23 August 1895 at 15 Caradoc Road, Bootle, and was baptized on 11 September 1895 at St. Matthew's Church, Stanley Rd, Bootle.
His father Howard Henry Allen was a Fancy Goods salesman from Farlam, Cumberland and Stanley was the 4th child of the 6 children he had with two wives.
His first wife Mary Hill from Toxteth died aged 26 in June 1890 following the stillbirth of their second child in Toxteth. He remarried on 13th May 1894 to Jessie Isabel Hardcastle of 17 Cyprus Rd, Bootle, at St. Matthew's, Bootle. They had a son Albert Victor in 1889, another son Stanley Howard in 1895, a daughter Ethel Isabel in 1896 and  a third son Percival Leslie in 1899

The 1901 Census shows Stanley, a scholar, aged 6 living with his siblings and parents at 23 Liscard Rd, Wavertree,

The 1911 Census at 26 Corney Street, Liverpool shows 15 year old Stanley now a Bakers Errand Boy living with his mother Jessie as Head of household, working as a Waitress. 21 year old elder son Albert Victor a Fishmonger Salesman and 11 year old scholar Percival Leslie. Their father Howard Henry Allen was in Manitoba, Canada

In 1914/15 both boys enlist in the King's Liverpool Regiment.

Stanley Howard Allen as Private. 51684 in 19th (Pals) Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment.

Albert Victor Allen as Private. 5555 in 10th Battalion of the King's Liverpool Regiment (Liverpool Scottish). He was killed in action with the 10th Btn on 9 September 1916 near Longueval, France. He rests at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval.

Just 33 days later Howard and Jessie lost another son when Stanley Howard was killed in action on 12th October 1916 at Le Transloy Ridges. His body was not recovered and Stanley is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. 

Notice of Albert's death appeared in the Liverpool Echo under the header KILLED IN ACTION

Private A E Allen, KLR. His parents live at 41 Cecil Street, Wavertree. He was a pupil at Lawrence Street Council School. His brother Private Stanley H Allen is missing. 

Shortly afterwards notice's of his death appeared in the Liverpool Echo under the Roll of Honour heading as follows:

ALLEN - In ever loving memory of Private Stanley H Allen (KLR) who was reported missing October 12, 1916 since reported killed.
We know not where he found his grave
Swept on by death's exalting wave
For Britain's cause his life he gave
Somewhere in France
(Fondly remembered by his mother, sister and brother.) - 41 Cecil Street, Wavertree

ALLEN - In ever loving memory of of Private Stanley H Allen (KLR) reported missing, now reported killed October 12 1916 (Gone but not forgotten) Molly  

Their mother Jessie claimed both pensions and effects and was then living at 41 Cecil Street, Wavertree