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12   Rifleman Joseph Allen
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 23/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 07/06/1891
Died: 13/04/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 26
Summary      
Joseph Allen was the son of Thomas and Mary Allen. Joseph was born in Castlecaulfield on 7th June 1891. 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.
Further Information
Joseph Allen was the son of Thomas and Mary Allen. Thomas Allen and Mary Taggart were married on 27th May 1884 in the district of Dungannon.
Joseph Allen was born in Castlecaulfield, County Tyrone, on 7th June 1891. He was the fourth of five sons, all born in the Dungannon area.
Castlecaulfield Main Street
Known family: Thomas Allen, Mary Allen, John Allen (born 2nd October 1886), Thomas Allen (born 26th January 1888), James Allen (born 12th July 1889), Joseph Allen (born 7th June 1891) David Allen (born 10th December 1892).
The 1901 census lists Joseph as age 8 at house 4 in Greer's Terrace, Dungannon. His father was a general labourer.
Greer's Terrace, Dungannon
The 1911 census lists Joseph as age 20, a linen weaver, living with the family at house 16 in Taylor's Court, Lurgan. His mother was a widow.
Joseph Allen enlisted in Lurgan, County Armagh.
Medal card
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 Saturday 13th April 1918. He was 26 years old.
Rifleman Joseph Allen has no known grave and is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.
Rifleman Joseph Allen, Royal Irish Rifles, is also commemorated on Lurgan War Memorial.
The CWGC record Rifleman Joseph Allen as the son of Mary Allen of 55 Factory Lane, Lurgan, County Armagh.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Castlecaulfield Town Castlecaulfield Born In Castlecaulfield 54.506632 -6.837298
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
12/05/1884 M Taggert Mary Parent M/1884/T1/1411/3/4
12/05/1884 M Allen Thomas Parent M/1884/T1/1411/3/4
02/10/1886 B Allen John Sibling U/1886/112/1012/16/143
16/01/1888 B Allen Thomas Sibling U/1888/112/1012/16/487
12/07/1889 B Allen James Sibling U/1889/112/1012/17/362
07/06/1891 B Allen Joseph Casualty U/1891/112/1012/18/304
10/12/1892 B Allen David Sibling U/1892/112/1012/19/155
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Allen family Lists Joseph as age 8 at house 4 in Greers Terrace, Dungannon
2 1911 Census lists Allen family Lists Joseph as age 20, a linen weaver, at house 16 in Taylor's Court, Lurgan
3 Lurgan's Dead from The Great War Brief information on Joseph Allen
4 National Archives UK Naval Medal Card can be purchased here
5 Nick Metcalfe website Photo of Taylor's Court, Lurgan
6 Ulster War Memorials Lists Rifleman Joseph Allen, Royal Irish Rifles on Lurgan War Memorial
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2021