Corporal George William Allan of the Cheshire Regiment

No. 21610 (W.G. on memorial)
16th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action: 22nd April 1917       Age: 27
Buried at Chapelle British Cemetery’, Holnon, Aisne, France
Commemorated on Thorne War Memorial

Wrigley’s Thorne Almanac provides the only definite link to Thorne for George Allan. An entry in its 1918 Roll of Honour states:

‘Allen, Geo. Wm., I6th Cheshires, April 22nd 1917’

The 1911 Census shows G. W. Allan (26), a carter, living at 13, Barrow Rd., Wincobank, Sheffield with his wife Maude (21) and two year old daughter Elizabeth. George had married Maude Robertson in Sheffield in 1907. He had previously lived with his parents, Walter and Ann in Heeley, working as a spoon and fork filer in the cutlery industry.

It is likely that George and Maude had moved to Thorne as a Robert Allan’s birth was registered there in early 1912 (with the mother’s maiden name given as Robertson). The 1914 Electoral Roll lists a William Allen at 103, Southend, Thorne. CWGC records show George’s widow as Mrs. M. Woods, of 105, Barrow Rd., Wincobank. Maude had remarried in Sheffield in 1918 to Joseph Wood.

George’s Service record has not survived, so little is known of his service details. His Medal Card indicates that he went abroad after the start of 1916. The War Diary of the 16th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, shows that two platoons attacked German positions at Sunken Road, Gricourt on 22nd April 1917. However, the enemy were alert to the attack and ‘three other ranks were killed’. George is buried in Chapelle British Cemetery at Holnon which was created after the Armistice when graves from battlefields west of St. Quentin were concentrated there. Wilfrid Middleton of Thorne is also buried there.

Submitted by Tony Brookes from ‘Thorne’s Sacrifice in the Great War’

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