Regiment : B Company 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 33512
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 11th April 1918 aged 20
Buried : Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, Panel 5.
Relatives : Son of David and Matilda Allen, 52, Crabbe St., Wollescote, Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye and Wollescote War Memorial. Lye Christ Church Window.
Credits : Memorial transcribed by John Hale. Researched by The Black Country Society.
Horace Allen enlisted in the Worcesters and was sent to the 3rd Battalion. In 1917 they were in action at Westhoek in the Third Battle of Ypres and in early 1918 they were in reserve near St. Quentin. The first German Spring Offensive overwhelmed the front line on the 21st March and the enemy drove the Worcesters back in a general retreat. They were transferred to the Ypres sector only to face the second German offensive on the Lys. From the 9th April they again retreated, fought hard at Neuve Eglise but were forced back to the Ravelsberg ridge. At last the German attack was halted in a ‘backs to the wall’ last effort. Casualties were very high and included Private Horace Allen who was killed in action on the 11th April.
Horace Allen has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Ploegsteert Memorial.