260041 CQS Thomas William Allen, 1st County of London Yeomanry (Middlesex Yeomanry)

1892 Apr/Jun . Born Gravesend, Kent

1901 census at 112, Milton Road, Milton. Kent

1911 census living at 45 Brockley Grove, Brockley, Lewisham

1916 Apr/Jun Marries in Hastings to Daisy Evelyn W Steer

1918 Jul/Sep Born Hastings Archibald D W Allen

1919 Mar 29. Died at Birr as a result of an aeroplane crash. Age 27. Son of Edward and Janet M. Allen; husband of Daisy Evelyn Allen, of 100, Elphinstone Rd., Hastings.

Training for the trenches was carried out in the 14 acres at Crinkill where trenches were formed for tactical exercises. In 1917 an aerodrome was built in the 14 acres and three planes were kept there. The first air crash recorded in the area occurred when Sergeant Allen was killed. The plane crashed into Crinkill House south of the barracks and Sergeant Allen is buried in the military cemetery.

There is a board in Crinkhill cemetery with a list of names interred in the cemetery, which is now very over-grown and neglected. The board is also cover with green moss and moisted from the weather. The list below is mainly men who died in South Africa but does include " Allen, Thomas; 1892-1919"


British soldiers died in Ireland