Private James Allen


James Allen was born on 25 June 1887 at Cloghtogle, Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh, the third of four children of baker Andrew Allen and his wife Anne (nee Rutledge). His father died when he was just four years old, and six years later his mother married labourer and army pensioner Robert Nethercott. By 1911 he was living with his mother, two siblings and step-father at Magonragh, Lisbellaw, and working as a farmer.

Allen enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Lisbellaw on 11 November 1909 (No.402). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

On 19 April at St Omer he was awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No.1 for 'irregular conduct' whilst on guard.

When Allen's term of service ended he chose to leave the army. He left France on 7 November 1915 and three days later was discharged as 'time expired'. His record of service was marked as 'very good'.