Ralph Cecil Harold Allen



Jun 5, 1891

Born in Newboro, Ontario to James Clark and Sarah Jane (nee Moran) Allen


Apr 1, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59009 (temporary number 1352)

Ø      Next of kin given as James Clark Allen, father, Lombardy, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Cheese Maker

o       This was later noted as a Carpenter

Ø      Previous military experience given as 3 months in the 42nd Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

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


Jul 29, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jul 30, 1915

Returned to duty from being AWL and forfeited 2 days pay


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Oct 8, 1915

While in the front line “C” trench near Kemmel, Belgium, Private Allen received severe shrapnel wounds to his left arm and leg.  He was admitted to the No. 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) near Bailleul.

He was transported the same day via the No. 3 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 24 General Hospital, Etaples where surgery was performed to remove the shrapnel and bone fragments


Oct 20, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion while in hospital


Feb 15, 1916

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Feb 24, 1916

Transferred to the Hillingdon House Convalescent Hospital, Uxbridge


Mar 8, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Wokingham


Mar 27, 1916

Transferred to the Convalescent Depot in Bath.  The Medical Board here recommended that he be discharged from the CEF with a 1 year pension of $16 per month.  He has limited movement in the arm and that is expected to be permanent


Apr 7, 1916

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Liverpool



Apr 18, 1916

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded by train to Kingston, Ontario




Apr 23, 1916

Admitted to the Elmhurst Military Convalescent Hospital, Kingston


May 8, 1916

Transferred to the Flemming Home, Ottawa, Ontario


Oct 5, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Oct 21, 1916

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario


Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badges Class “A” and “B” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Lombardy, Ontario


Following the war, he was employed as a Clerk in the Department of Pensions and National Health in Ottawa, Ontario


Jun 15, 1933

Ralph Cecil Allen passed away while a patient in the Ontario Hospital, Brockville, Ontario from “General Paralysis of the Insane”, and was buried in the Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa


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