A. Allen – 1st Canadian Inf. Group
1914-15 Star. (406242 PTE. A. ALLEN 1-CAN INF) Naming is British Army impressed, on period ribbon, very fine condition. British War Medal 1914-20 and Victory Medal 1914-19. (406242 PTE. A.ALLEN. 1-CAN. INF) Naming is British Army impressed, light patina, contact marks, very fine condition. 1939-45 Canadian War Medal and the Canadian Voluntary Service Medal. (un-named). Both remain in very fine condition. General Service Pin. (618329) Good condition. Veterans Guard ring - size 12, good condition. This lot is also accompanied by a 30 page service record which includes extensive medical documentation. Alfred Allen, born in Port-a-Down, Northern Ireland, on September 22 1878 first enlisted with the Royal Canadian Regiment at Quebec in 1907 for a term of 3 years. After being discharged in 1909 and working as a teamster in Toronto, Allen re-enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force on April 16th 1915 at Hamilton. Allens time spent overseas with the CEF can be summarized by periods of disobedience, illness, and finally, disability. First, Allen was reprimanded on several occasions in 1917 due to absenteeism and his tendency to disobey orders. For example, Allen was sentenced to FP #1 for 21 days as well as forfeited field allowances for 35 days. However, on May 22nd 1916, Allen was severely wounded on his right hand, and right abdomen. Allen appears never to have mentally recovered from this particular incident. Even though he recovered physically, Allen appears to have complained of extreme nervousness and continuous trembling during subsequent battles. As a result, there is significant medical documentation that accompanies this lot. Following May 1916, Allen was in and out of hospitals in France as well as England. Drunkenness and further absenteeism followed. In 1918, Allen was transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool and the Canadian Veterinary Hospital to aid in field support. Allen embarked for Canada on May 14th 1919.