William Thomas Allen

Name

William Thomas Allen

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

13/04/1918
37

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
PS/10881
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
2nd Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
I. E. 47.
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Bushey Town Memorial

Pre War

Born in about 1881, William Thomas Allen was the eldest son of Joseph and Emma Allen. His father was a railway labourer. When he was about eight years old, his father died and his mother moved from Watford Fields to 6 Crook Log, one in a row of small cottages on the London Road in Bushey. She worked as a laundress and William was later employed as a bricklayer’s labourer and lived at home. By 1901, when other members of the family had left home, William, who was 20, and James, who was 12, remained with their mother.


In 1905 William married Harriet Whitfield and in 1911 they were living at 144 Bushey High Street with 2 children, James (aged 4) and Helen (aged 2). William and Harriet subsequently had three more children, Anne, Emma and Albert.

Wartime Service

William enlisted at Watford as Private 10881 with the 2nd battalion of the Royal Fusiliers and was killed in action on 13 April 1918, aged 37.  After his death his wife moved to 33 Clay Hill, Bushey.


His pension record shows a Grant of £5 was paid to his wife Harriet on 06/08/19 and a pension of 37/11 per week from 23/12/18. Dates of birth are given for the children as James (10/11/06); Helen May (13/03/09); Annie (02/05/12); Emma (11/10/14) and Albert Edward (15/07/17).


He is remembered with honour at Merville Communal Cemetery Extension in France and also commemorated on the Bushey Memorial and at St James’ Church.


His younger brother, James Berry Allen, was also killed in action on 3 September 1916.

Additional Information

Information provided with the kind permission of Bushey First World War Commemoration Project – Please visit www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk.

Acknowledgments

Andrew Palmer
Dianne Payne - www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk, Jonty Wild