William Peter Allen was born in Chelford, Cheshire, one of six children born to Emma. They later moved to 1, Clifford Street, Patricroft, Lancashire. William was a slater's labourer.
He enlisted in the 10th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington (West Riding Regiment), becoming Private no. 16042.
He arrived in France on the 29th August 1915.
William was killed in action on the 29th July 1916.
On that fateful Day
The war diary states:
˜29.7.16 BECOURT WOOD
The enemy was shelling the main road through village and was very near to doing some serious damage. The Battn was soon again in action. We sustained somewhat severe casualties which reads:
Officers 2 killed, 4 wounded, 1 missing.
Other ranks 31 killed, 124 wounded, 13 shell-shocked, 30 missing."
Researched and compiled by Tony Davies