Diamond War Memorial Project

Private George Allen

'B' Company, 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers, attached to the Tyrone Volunteers) Regimental Number 23847
Born: 1894-12-26 Died: 1917-08-16 Aged: 22 Enlisted: Londonderry or Coleraine

Buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Name inscribed on St Columb's Cathedral (Church of Ireland) Memorial to the men connected with that cathedral who died during the 1914-18 War. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Fourth son of William and Rebecca (nee Wallace) Allen, 236, Bishop Street/10, Victoria Street, Londonderry. Brother of James, William, David, Robert and John.

Reverend John Redmond, C.F., wrote a letter of condolence to deceased's mother, Mrs William Allen, Victoria Street, Londonderry, stating, 'I have heard Private Allen spoken of in the highest terms by officers, and he will be greatly missed in his company. He was a good soldier, brave and reliable in circumstances of danger. On the battlefield he was in the discharge of his duty faithful unto death, and what greater or nobler thing could be said of any man? He has given his life in a great and righteous cause, which is worthy of the sacrifice, and he did not die in vain. You have great reason to be proud of his memory.' Deceased had been previously wounded. A brother, Private Robert Allen, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers), was killed in action on July 1, 1916.

Shortly after the death of Private George Allen was announced, his sorrowing Father, Mother and brothers placed the following lines in a Londonderry newspaper:

'God is good, He will give us grace

To bear our heavy cross;

He is the only One who knows

How bitter is our loss.

When last we saw him smiling

He looked so young and brave;

We little thought how soon he'd be

Laid in a hero's grave.'

George Allen's name was read out during a memorial service held, in St Columb's (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, Londonderry, on Sunday, June 28, 1918, to commemorate the Derry soldiers, who had been killed, or assumed dead, over the past year.