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James Allen.  


Granma Grays grandfather.


Believed served in Territorial force.


1/4th Battalion

August 1914: in Norwich. Part of Norfolk and Suffolk Brigade, East Anglian Division.

May 1915: the formation was retitled as 163rd Brigade, 54th (East Anglian) Division.

29 July 1915: embarked at Liverpool and moved to Gallipoli via Mudros. Landed at Suvla Bay on 10 August 1915.

19 December 1915: evacuated from Gallipoli and arrived at Alexandria. Served in Egypt and Palestine thereafter.







'Pip' or the 'Mons Star'.This bronze medal award was authorized by King George V in April 1917 for those who had served in France or Belgium between 5th August 1914 to midnight on 22nd November 1914 inclusive.




Squeak: The British war medal 1914-18.    

Wilfred:  The Allied victory medal.                        




James William Allen Born 1879 -  died  march 1942?

Married Ethel Hannah Cooper  1905.   ?????

Ethel Hannah Cooper died in June 1913 in Erpingham, Norfolk, when she was 31 years old.

1907 Daughter Maud Florence May 1983


Served in Norfolk Regiment  4th Battalion 1914 – 1920?


James W Allen

Service number: 32097, 269398

Rank: Private

Corps: Norfolk Regiment, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Service record: Soldier Number: 32097, Rank: Private, Corps: Norfolk Regiment

Service record 2: Soldier Number: 269398, Rank: Private, Corps: Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Archive reference: WO372/1

9th (Service) Battalion

Formed at Warwick in August 1914 as part of K1 and came under command of 39th Brigade, 13th (Western) Division. Moved to Gallipoli in July 1915. Went to Egypt in January 1916 and thence to Mesopotamia in February 1916. In July 1918, 39th Brigade detached and sent as part of North Persia Force. Was in Transcaspia in October 1918.

James W Allen

Birth Date:        abt 1879

Date of Registration:        Mar 1942

Age at Death:        63

Registration district:        Norwich

Inferred County:        Norfolk

Volume:        4b

Page:        405


The 54th (East Anglian) Division landed at Suvla on 10 August in the Gallipoli Campaign, as a part of IX Corps under Lieutenant-General Stopford. It was moved to the Egyptian Expeditionary Force under General Murray in late 1916 and garrisoned the southern part of the Suez Canal.

Further information on his service with North Persia (Noperforce) can be found here - - thanks to Chris Woods

Then in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign, during the First Battle of Gaza, on 26 March 1917, the 161st Brigade and divisional artillery were in reserve while the 53rd (Welsh) Division carried out the main attack. These reserves were committed as the battle progressed resulting in the British gaining a foothold in the Turkish defences but the British commander called off the attack as night fell. In the Second Battle of Gaza, the 1/4th and 1/5th Battalions of the Norfolk Regiment sustained 75 per cent casualties (about 1,200 men).[1] It took part in the successful Third Battle of Gaza as part of XXI Corps led by General Bulfin, and by the end of 1917 General Allenby's forces had taken Jerusalem.

In September 1918 the division took part in the Battle of Megiddo.