Oliver Harold "Ching" Allen

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Dec 24, 1893

Born at Kingston Ontario to George William and Elizabeth (nee Russell) Allen 

Prior to joining the 21st Battalion, he played amateur baseball for the Kingston Ponies and earned a reputation as one of the better baseball players in the city.


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59008 (temporary number 31)

Ø      Next of kin given as Elizabeth Allen, mother, of 119 Ordnance St, Kingston

Ø      Previous occupation given as Piano Maker for Warmith & Company (later known as the Weber Piano Company)

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company

o       He was later assigned to the Machine Gun Section


Apr 10, 1915

Awarded 10 days detention for absence


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Jul 10, 1915

A Kingston newspaper reports that at a 4th Brigade Sports Day, Pte Allen won a medal for a ball-throwing contest.  The medal is engraved “4th Brigade CEF throwing baseball, won by Pte OH Allen, 21st Battalion, July 10th 1915”


Jul 19, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jul 22, 1915

Sentenced to half pay for 1 month and forfeits 4 days pay for being AWL


Aug 13, 1915

Reported to be AWL


Aug 14, 1915

Sentenced to forfeit 2 days pay for being absent


Sep 8, 1915

Reported to be AWL


Sep 13, 1915

Sentenced to 10 days detention and forfeiture of 5 days pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone

It is unclear from the service file if his detention sentence was commuted, or if he served it in France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Oct 15, 1915

Admitted to the Divisional Rest Station at La Clytte diagnosed with Influenza


Oct 17, 1915

Discharged to duty from the Rest Station


Dec 18, 1915

While in the front line N & O Trenches, he received a bullet wound to his left arm and was admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance.  Later the same day he was transferred to the No 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for additional treatment


Dec 19, 1915

Transferred via No 17 AT (Ambulance Train)


Dec 20, 1915

Admitted to No 22 General Hospital at Etaples


Jan 9, 1916

Discharged to the Base Detail for those recovering from wounds and placed on Light Duties


Jan 19, 1916

Transferred to the General Base Detail


Feb 27, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion back in the N & O front line Trench


Dec 21, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 3, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Jan 13, 1917

Killed in Action near Fosse 2 at Calonne France

Maroc British Cemetery
Grenay France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs E Allen, at 119 Ordnance St, Kingston Ontario


Pte Allen is remembered on a plaque in Memorial Hall in Kingston Ontario City Hall

Pte Allen is remembered on the Memorial Wall in Kingston Ontario

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