Lieutenant Thomas William Allen M.C.,
15th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Thomas, the Father in Law of a parishioner, Jane Allen, was born in Knutsford in 1895 the second son of Marcus and Katherine Allen. He was educated at Manchester Grammar and whilst there he joined the Officer Training Corps. On leaving school he started training as an engineer in his father’s engineering business.
At the outbreak of War Thomas was commissioned in the Cheshire Regiment and was posted to Tidworth on Salisbury Plain to complete his training. The Regiment was part of the task force sent to Gallipoli and they landed there on 4th August 1915. On the 31st August he was wounded in the forearm and evacuated back to Britain. He rejoined his Regiment in France in August 1916. The Battalion was heavily involved in trench warfare. In one engagement his bravery was recognised and he was ‘Mentioned in Dispatches. The Battalion was in the ‘thick of it’ for most of 1917 and 1918. On the 14th October the Battalion attacked a position around Terhand. For his bravery on that day Thomas was awarded the Military Cross. His citation reads ‘as battalion intelligence officer he did fine work before and during the attack on 14th October east of Terhand. He laid a tape marking the assembly position under heavy fire. He collected much valuable information about enemy strongpoints before the attack. His example of pluck and endurance was invaluable, and his good organisation of observers and runners greatly assisted in the success of the operations’.
Within four weeks of this engagement the Armistice was signed and Thomas after remaining in France until February 1919 was posted back to England for demobilisation. Thomas married Kathleen Pilling in 1922. Their son Gerald, was Jane’s husband. Thomas died in 1981.