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  • Family headstone, Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (April 2013).
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James William George was born in Nottingham in 1878 and was the son of James and Sarah Allen of Nottingham. He married his wife Ann Brown in Nottingham in 1904; they had one child, a daughter Phyllis Emma born 7th January 1912. They lived at 26 Leicester Street St. Ann's Well Road, Nottingham. In the 1911 census he is living with his wife Ann 33 yrs and is shown as a dairyman 33 yrs. They are living at 26 Leicester Street, St Anns Well Road, Nottingham.
He was a dairyman
08 Apr 1915
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449200 - CWGC Website
2730
Private
7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private James William George Allen, enlisted on 21st September 1914 in Nottingham, he stated he had previous military service - 3 yrs with the Robin Hood Volunteers, he was 36 yrs of age and was living at 26 Leicester Street, St Anns Well Road, Nottingham. He served with “D” Company, 1/7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regiment (Robin Hood Rifles) and landed in France on 28th February 1915. He was killed in action on 8th April 1915 and is buried Lindenhoek Chalet Military Cemetery (grave ref I.B.7).
Listed in St Mary's parish register at 26 Leicester Street (Nottinghamshire Archives ref PR 6786) His brother in law, Private Thomas [Tom] Edward Brown, served in the 2nd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Thomas was the 33 year-old son of Samuel and Ann Brown and brother of Ann (Allen). He was killed in action 18th April 1915 and is buried in the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm). Inscription on family headstone, Nottingham General Cemetery: 'Pte JWG Allen, 7th Sherwood Foresters (RHR), the beloved husband of Nancie Allen, killed in action, April 8th 1915, aged 37 years, interred at Kemmel, Belgium. Also my beloved brother, Pte TE Brown, KOYLI killed in action at Hill 60, April (-), aged (-).' Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 20 April 1915: 'ALLEN killed in action April 8th, Private JWG Allen, 7th (RHR) Sherwood Foresters, husband of Nancie [Ann] Allen, age 37 years.' A second notice published on 22 April gives his address as 26 Leicester Street.' 'In Memoriam' notice published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 6th April1917 :- ALLEN. – In proud and cherished memory of my dearly-loved husband, Private James Allen, Robin Hoods, 26, Leicester-street, killed by a sniper April 8th, 1915. Also my dear brother Tom (his life-long friend), killed in action ten days later at Hill 60. Gently they sleep in the grave where they laid them; in their last bivouac, peace amid strife, to fall in again when the Captain who made them shall sound the reveille recalling to life. Mourned unseen. – Wife.” Above notice is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 8 April 1918: ‘Allen. In cherished remembrance of my dearly loved husband and dear daddy, Pte J Allen (Jim), 7th Sherwoods, who gave his life for his comrades, April 8th, 1915. Resting and waiting. Also my own dear brother and his life-long friend, Pte. Tom Brown, KOYLI, killed in action ten days after at Hill 60, April 18th, 1915. Greater love than this no man hath, that he lay down his life for his friends. Wife and little daughter Phyllis.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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  • Family headstone, Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (April 2013).
    JWG Allen - Family headstone, Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (April 2013).
  • Photograph was published on 22nd April 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great Hucknall 1914-1918
    James William George Allen - Photograph was published on 22nd April 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great Hucknall 1914-1918