James Allen

James Allen (1886 – 1916) was born in Ipswich and attended North School when living in Water Lane (near Sheepen Road) in Colchester but left in 1895 when the family left the town.  In 1901 James and his family live back in Ipswich and at 15 James is working as a stockbroker’s clerk.  Before the war James moved back to Colchester, living at 10 Balkerne Lane with his wife Matilda and daughter Violet.

He enlisted with the 11th Essex Regiment in Ipswich, part of Kitchener’s New Army raised in 1914.  He died age 31 in France in October 1916 and is buried in the Bancourt Cemetery, where his headstone is inscribed “Thou gav’st thyself for me, I give myself to thee” Mrs MA Allen 6 Dorset Place, Stanwell Rd, Colchester.

1891 census
1901 census
1911 census
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
CWGC headstone documents