14453 9th Bn., Leicestershire Regiment who died on 14 July 1916

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Family History

Stanley Tom Allen was born in 1895 the only son of George Richard Allen and his wife Mary (nee Norman). According to the 1911 census his parents lived at 24 King Street, Oadby with Stanley’s seven sisters, while he resided with his widowed grandmother Elizabeth Allen, a shopkeeper, on London Road. His occupation is given as shoe riveter.

On 18 April 1914, at the age of 19, he married Florence May Kenney an 18 year old wool rover of 34 Orchard Street, Leicester. Their son Frank was born on 10 June.

Married life was short-lived for after the outbreak of war Stanley enlisted on 8 September 1914.

 

Active Service

Stanley joined the 9th (Service) Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. The 9th Leicesters, part of Kitchener’s New Army. Stanley would have begun his training at Glen arva Barracks in Wigston and then moved to Aldershot. During April 1915 the Battalion was transferred to 110th Brigade, 37th Division in readiness for mobilization.

The battalion was posted overseas, landing in France on 29 July 1915.  The full strength of the Battalion at this time was 26 Officers and 872 men.

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Men of 9th Leicesters in training at Aldershot, Spring 1915.

On 7 July 1916 the 9th Leicesters were transferred with 110th Brigade to 21st Division to support actions during the Battle of the Somme.  Shortly afterwards the 9th Leicesters occupied Mametz Wood on the southern edge of the battlefield.  On 14 July the task of the 110th Brigade was to attack the German second line of trenches at Bazentin Ridge.  From the edge of Mametz Wood the brigade moved across open land towards enemy positions in Bazentin le Petit Wood and Bazentin le Petit village. There was very heavy shelling from the Germans and heavy casualties ensued including all the Company Officers. Sadly Stanley was killed in this action.

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Plan showing the open ground between Mametz Wood and Bazentin le Petit Wood over which the 9th Leicesters attacked enemy positions.

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Dedication on the Thiepval Memorial

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Private Stanley Tom Allen’s body was lost on the Somme battlefield and he  is Remembered with Honour on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.