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 13380 Sydney Langley Allman
- Age: 21
- From: Fairfield Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
- K.I.A Monday 9th April 1917
- Commemorated at: St Martin Calvaire Brit Cem
Panel Ref: I.A.14
Sydney Langley Allman was born in the March quarter of 1896 at 10 Squires Street off Smithdown Road, Liverpool to James Allman a Bakers assistant and his wife Martha Ann (nee Langley) who married in Toxteth Area in March Quarter 1892.
The 1901 Census shows them still at 10 Squires Street.
In the March quarter of 1904 they had a daughter Ivy Allman.
In May 1910 ihs mother Martha Ann died, aged 37 and was buried in Toxteth Park Cemetery.
His father James and the two Children went to live with the Howards, possibly James' married sister, at 36 Portman Road, Wavertree where they appear on the 1911 Census and Sydney is a 15 year old Bakers errand boy possibly working at the same Bakery as his father.
In 1914 Sydney enlists into The King's Liverpool Regiment initially with the 4th Btn then onto the 12th Btn and finally the 19th Btn but the Army have him as Sidney Langley Allman Pte. 13380 throughout his Army Career.
20 August 1915 Army Records reflect his embarkation to France.
On 09/04/1917 The First Battle of the Scarpe was set for Zero hour 5.30 a.m. amongst heavy snowfall during the 9th and 10th at 3 p.m the 19th Advance began
"Attacking waves of the 19th Btn got within 100 yards of the German Wire but were held up in No Mans Land because the three belts of of entangled wire uncut by our Artillery, nothing could be done but to take shelter in the many shell holes pitted there, the 19th Battalion losses were very heavy and at 9.30 p.m.the 19th were ordered to withdraw,so that their Artillery could cut the enemy wires during the night ready for another attack on the 10th "
Sydney Langley Allman was one of those killed in action on 9th April 1917 aged 21.
He now rests at St Martin Calvaire British Cemetery, France. The inscription on his headstone reads:
“UNTIL THE DAY DAWN AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY”
His Father James received his Pay of £10:1s on 11 July 1917. A War Gratuity of £12 was later paid on 25/08/1919 to his father James. There is no record of any Dependants Pension being awarded.
The CWGC commemorated him with a military headstone at Saint Martin-Sur Cojeul as S L Allman aged 22. However they have his service number showing as 13388 when it was 13380. Enquires are ongoing with CWGC to alter the service number on the headstone to reflect the correct number that Sydney served under.
Grateful thanks are extended to Ian Chambers for his help in providing the depth in this biography.
Killed On This Day.(104 Years this day)
Monday 27th November 1916.
Pte 51893 James Arnold
38 years old