ALLEN John Edmund
Regiment : H.M.S. Flirt Royal Navy
Service number : K8742
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 25 on 26th October 1916
Buried : Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England, Panel 16.
Relatives : Son of Fanny Allen, 57 King Edmund St., Dudley, Worcestershire, and the late Henry Allen
Memorial : Dudley War Memorial
Also appears on : Dudley St James's Church - transcribed by Sandra Taylor
Credits : Transcribed by Jade Gandy and John Hale. Sailors Died in the Great War and HMS Flirt researched by Sandra Taylor.
A milk seller in civilian life, he joined the Royal Navy on 27th September 1910.
John Allen was born on 15th May 1891 in Dudley, Worcestershire. At the time of his death his next of kin was his brother Harry, 57 King Edmund St, Dudley, Worcestershire.
HMS Flirt was a destroyer built in 1897 by Palmers in Jarrow. On the night of 27th October German ships attacked the Dover Patrol, a group of ships who were patrolling the Dover Strait in order to maintain the Dover minefield. A total of seven ships were sunk. HMS Flirt went to the rescue and mistook the German ships for Allied destroyers returning to Dover. She stopped to pick up survivors from the sunk ships, using her searchlight to do so. The Germans attacked the ship and she sank rapidly with the loss of most of her crew. The only survivors were those members of the crew who were in lifeboats picking up the other survivors.
John Allen has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.