Joseph Allen was the son of Thomas and Mary Allen. Joseph was born in Castlecaulfield, County Tyrone, about 1893. By 1911 Joseph was a linen weaver living in Lurgan. Joseph Allen enlisted in Lurgan, County Armagh. Rifleman Joseph Allen was serving with the 12th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action in France and Flanders on 13th April 1918. He was 25 years old.
The Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing forms the north-eastern boundary of Tyne Cot Cemetery, which is located 9 kilometres north east of Ieper town centre, on the Tynecotstraat, a road leading from the Zonnebeekseweg (N332). The names of those from United Kingdom units are inscribed on Panels arranged by Regiment under their respective Ranks. The names of those from New Zealand units are inscribed on panels within the New Zealand Memorial Apse located at the centre of the Memorial.