Biography of Private Harry Allen (26982)
2nd Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Formerly 5573 – Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 10th October 1916


  • Name: Henry Allen
  • Date of birth: 1896
  • Place of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: January – March 1896
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

  • Name: Albert Swain Allen
  • DOB: 1868
  • Place of Birth: Morton, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Postman

  • Name: Frances Corney
  • DOB: 1862
  • Place Of Birth: Aslackby, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1889 Bourne District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • John D Allen, 1890, Bourne
  • Frances Mills Allen, 1892, Bourne
  • Henry Allen, 1896, Bourne
  • Mary Lawson Allen, 1897, Bourne
  • Dora Kathleen Allen, 1900, Bourne
  • Ethel May Allen, 1902, Bourne
  • Daisy Allen, 1907, Bourne

  • 1901: Harry is living with his parents in Bourne, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: Harry is living with his parent in Bourne Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 15 and he is listed as an office clerk.
Relatives in services

  • None found

  • No marriage for Harry has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Stamford Mercury Friday 20th October 1916
    News has been recieved of the death, in action, og priv, Harry Allen, of Bourne.  Before joining the Forces he was with Messrs. H. Sneath and Sons, of Thurlby, and also Messrs. Wherry and Sons, of Bourne.


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 28th October 1916.
    District Roll of Honour
    Private Harry Allen of Bourne
    Mr and Mrs A S Allan, of Bourne, have received the following letter from a commanding officer concerning the death of their son, Private Harry Allen:- “It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you of the death of your son. He was hit in two places on the head by a burst shell at about 2.30pm on the 10th inst. He never regained consciousness and died at seven o’clock the same evening in hospital, so that he never suffered any pain. I, his platoon commander, the Sergeant and all the men of his platoon wish to tender to you our most sincere condolence. Needless to say, your son always did hid duty and was most popular with his company.” Pte Allen was a well-known visitor to Kirkby Underwood where his father was formerly postman for a great many years. He was of a very bright disposition. He used to be a singer in Bourne Abbey Church choir and also a teacher in the Sunday School. He would have been 21 next month. Great sympathy is felt for his parents and friends. A brother of the deceased is in the army.


  • Grimsby News Friday 10th November 1916
    Royal Warwickshire Regiment
    Allen, 26982 H, (Lincoln).

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Harry Allen, 26982, Royal Warwickshire was killed in action on 10th October 1916 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left Too

  • Mother Frances


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
    Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In Memory of Private Harry Allen, 26982, Royal Warwickshire who died on 10 October 1916 Age 20.
  • Son of Albert Swain Allen and Frances Allen of “The Willows” Meadow Gate, Bourne, Lincs
  • Remembered with Honour Nieppe Communal Cemetery
  • III. B. 8.



© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

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