Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
20531   Private William James Allen
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 23/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 19/06/1887
Died: 07/01/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 29
William James Allen was the eldest son of James and Susanna Allen. He was born in 1887 in Portadown. He married Sarah Liggett. And they had three children. He came back from the U.S.A. to enlist in Portadown. Private William James Allen was serving with B Company, with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme
Grave Ref: Face 15A
CWGC Casualty 773318
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"
Local Memorial Details

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1 Moy War Memorial - WWI Moy
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Allen family Lists William Allen as age 13 living at house 13 in Florence Court, Portadown
2 1911 Census lists Allen family Does not list William as living with the family at house 11 in Joseph Street
3 Ellis Island Manifest Sarah Allen arrives back in USA with their 3 children.
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 Portadown War Memorial Private William J Allen, Royal Irish Fusiliers, Joseph Street
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023