Arthur Allen was born in Bradford in 1894 and registered as Arthur Wood, his mother’s surname. On the 1901 census he is shown as being the eldest son of Ernest Allen born in 1875 in Bradford and Lena Wood born in 1874 in Bradford. They had married at the parish church of St Peter on the 2nd March 1896. Ernest was 20 years old living at 18 Bateman Street, Manningham, the son of William Allen who was a railway servant carriage examiner, and Lena 21
years old living at 4 Hollings Square, Mann-ingham, the daughter of William Wood a dyer.They set up home at 2 Hollings Square and on the 1901 census Ernest is shown as a town postman and there are now two children born to them, Maurice born in 1897 and Evelyn in 1901. By 1911 the family had moved to West Bowling at 88 Boynton Street and Ernest was still working for the Bradford Post
Office as a letter carrier.At some point between 1911 and 1914 the family had moved to live in Eccleshill at 57 Undercliffe Road. Arthur was now working as a pattern marker for Sir Jacob Behrens and Son. He enlisted on the 5th December 1915 as Private 18809 in the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington (West Riding Regiment).
Arthur saw action on the Somme and on the 3rd of July he was wounded in the left hand. The 9th battalion were still employed on the Somme for the battle which lasted into October and on the 4th of September he was killed in action. He was 22 years old. His body was never recovered for burial and he is remembered on the Thiepval memorial. Arthur left his effects to his sister Evelyn who received £2 14 4d on the 29th November 1916 and £3 0 0d on the 1st October 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks