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 16155 Isaac Allman
- Age: 24
- From: St Kilda, Victoria Australia
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
- K.I.A Saturday 1st July 1916
- Commemorated at: Danzig Alley Cem, Mametz
Panel Ref: X.A.3
Isaac Allman was born in the St Kilda suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in about 1893, the son of Jane Allman. She had married Isaac Allman at Ormskirk in 1886/7 before emigrating. They had an older daughter, also Jane, who was born in Sydney, Australia in 1888/9. By 1896, Jane and her two children were back in the UK and Jane married John Taylor, a carter on a farm, born in Melling. Jane was in fact born in Kirkby. It is likely that Isaac, her husband, had died in Australia.
By 1901, Jane and her new husband were living at Trenchfield Cottages, Prescot Road, Aughton, and in addition to Jane’s 2 children they now had two children of their own.
In 1911 they still live at the same address, have another child, a daughter, and Isaac is employed as a hotel clerk. Jane declares that she has been married 14 years and has had five children, all of whom lived. It is likely that she is signifying the length of time she has been married to John Taylor but the five children include John’s two stepchildren born in Australia, ie Jane and Isaac Allman.
Prior to the war Isaac was employed by Lever Brothers as part of their export staff based at the company offices within the Royal Liver Building He enlisted in Liverpool on 5th September 1914, giving his age as 22 years 90 days, his occupation as clerk, and his next of kin as his mother, Jane Taylor, Trenchfield Cottages, Prescot Road, Aughton. He declared that he had previously served with the 9th Kings for 4 years.
He was serving in the 18th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 16155 and embarked for France with his Battalion on the 7th November 1915 earning all three medals before being killed in action on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme during the attack on the Glatz Redoubt. On that day, Isaac was reported wounded and missing and it was not until several months later that the Army Council declared that his date of death for all official purposes would be 1st July 1916. His medals and identity disc were sent to his mother.
A number of newspaper reports recorded his death:
AUGHTON SOLDIER WOUNDED
Official news has been received that Private Isaac Allman, of Prescot Road, Aughton, has been wounded in action on July 1st; no particulars are given as to where he is or the nature of his wounds. Private Allman joined the King's Liverpool "Pals" on their formation. He was formerly a member of the 1st Ormskirk troop of Boy Scouts, and afterwards acted as Assistant Scoutmaster.
NEWS AT LAST - BUT BAD NEWS
Private Isaac Allman of the King's Liverpool Regiment, son of Mrs Taylor of Prescot Road, Aughton, who has been reported missing since July 1st last year, is now presumed by the War Office to have been killed in action on that date. Mrs Taylor having received an official intimation to that effect. Information has been received by a comrade that he was killed by machine gun fire and buried where he fell, his comrade having seen his cross.
ALLMAN - In loving memory of my dear son, Private Isaac Alllman, K.L.R., previously reported missing, now presumed killed on July 1st 1916. Deeply missed by mother and family
ALLMAN - In sad but sweet memory of my dear brother, Private Isaac Alllman, K.L.R., killed July 1st 1916.
God knows he did his best
A British soldier laid to rest
- from his sister Edith
ALLMAN - In sad but loving memory of my dear sweetheart, Private Isaac Allman, Liverpool "Pals", previously reported missing, now presumed killed on July 1st 1916 - Mary
He is buried in Dantzig Alley Military Cemetery in Grave X A 3.
Isaac is commemorated on the Aughton Civic Memorial and the Lever Brothers Memorial, Port Sunlight.