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Sergeant Frederick Allen


Harrogate Herald 1st December 1915

I was glad to receive a call from Lieutenant Allen, one of the sons of Mr Christopher Allen. He is the brother of Fred Allen, of the Canadian Force, who married Miss Annie Knowles, the assistant stationmaster's daughter. Lieutenant Allen first went out with the 1/5th West Yorks. Then he was made Second Lieutenant, and sent to the 2/5th. Next he was sent back to his old regiment, and now he has been transferred for ultimate duty elsewhere. I was much impressed with Lieutenant Allen's smart appearance and keen intelligence. We certainly have great reason to be proud of our Harrogate soldier lads, and we are.


Harrogate Herald - 20th June 1917

W H Breare letter

I am sorry to tell you that our good friend assistant station-master John Knowles is lying seriously ill. I have known him since he was quite a young man and such a successful comedian in the Station Staff dramatic performances. The mutual friendship we formed then has continued uninterrupted all these years. I need not tell you, therefore , how anxiously I am hoping for his recovery. I told you about those two fine sons of his, who are in the Army fighting, and you will remember that one of his daughters married my genial friend Fred Allen, formerly of Cathcart House, but now we almost consider him a Canadian. That is when he is in Canada. Here, he is thoroughly English, and fighting along with you boys across the water. Later in my letter if I have heard further about my old friend Knowles I will let you know.


Harrogate Herald - 4th July 1917

W H Breare letter

Many of you know my friend Fred Allen, formerly of Cathcart House, then of Canada, now of the Canadian Forces in France. He married my lamented friend John Knowles' daughter. Owing to deaths in the family, it was important that Fred should have leave at this time, but, as you know, soldiers have been known to have lost their mothers many times ever for the purpose of obtaining leave. it is for this reason that the Army authorities have insisted on having a telegram from a Magistrate confirming the fact that a relative has died before issuing the leave. it was my good fortune to be able to do this the other day for my friend Fred Allen. We are all hoping, therefore, that we shall see him home very shortly. You know how important it is that boys in times of bereavement should be allowed to come home.


Harrogate Herald - 9th January 1918

W H Breare letter

I had a surprise visit from my dear friend Sergeant Fred Allen, of the Canadians, the other morning. He is a son of Mr Christopher Allen, of Cathcart House, and you will remember or identify him amongst the brothers when I tell you he married a daughter of the late Mr John Knowles, assistant station-master. Fred looks well, and says he has never been better. Not had a day's illness. He was able to tell me that Charlie Wood was in Italy. You boys who know Fred will understand with what regret I parted from him.


[From Canadian Archives - Aug 2001]


Regimental number: 149

Rank: SGT

Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 94 - 45

Attestation paper:

Date of Birth - 26/12/1888

1. Frederick Allen

2. Harrogate

3. Emma Allen (Mother)

4. Cathcart House, Harrogate

5. 26th December 1888

6. Marine Engineer

7. No

8. Yes

9. No

10. Yes - 3rd Battalion RFA

11. Yes

12. Yes

Enlisted at Toronto, 14th December 1914

26 years old - 5' 8.5" - 35" chest with 1.5" expansion - fair complexion - blue eyes - light brown hair - thin vaccination mark on left arm



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