The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

John Allen

John Allen was born in Staffordshire and moved to the Swansea Valley to work in the collieries before joining the South Wales Borderers. He died in 1915, killed in action in France.

The information on John Allen comes principally from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the Labour Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

NameJohn Allen
Date of Death25th January 1915
Place of DeathPLACE
Age at Death45
Unit and RegimentSouth Wales Borderers; 1st Bn.
Service Number15110
Additional InformationCoal Miner Labourer Underground , originally from Staffordshire, moved to Swansea Valley by 1911, at first boarding in Abercrave, then brought his family down.
MemorialLE TOURET MEMORIAL - FRANCE; Panel 14 and 15.
Local MemorialsYstradgynlais War Memorial
Family DetailsHusband of Alice Allen (born 1871), of 14 Brookland Terrace, Abercrave, Swansea.
Known SonsJohn Allen, born 1899 in Oldbury, Worcs
William Thomas Allen, born 1909 in Rowley Regis, Staffs
Known DaughtersMary Ellen, born 1898 in Oldbury, Worcs
Annie, born 1903 in Rowley Regis, Staffs
Edith, born 1905 in Rowley Regis, Staffs

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 13th February 1915 :-

We regret to note that Pte. John Allen of Brooklands Terrace was killed in action on 28th January 1915. He is a widower and leaves 6 children one of whom is married.

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 20th February 1915 :-

We also announced in our last issue that Pte. John Allen, Abercrave, who was killed in active service, was a widower with 6 children. That should have read 5 children.

John Allen was one of the fallen of the First World War, mentioned in the Llais (27th September 1919) to be included on the Proposed War Memorial List for Abercrave.


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