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St Peter's 13-18

William Sproston Allen

William Sproston Allen, The Huts CemeteryRank: Lieutenant W. S. A., R. F. A.

Date of Birth: 10/04/1897

At St Peter's: 1909-1914

Home: York (last resided at Newton Park, Leeds)

Date of Death: 14/03/1918, Ypres

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

                                                                    Cemetery: The Huts Cemetery

The Huts Cemetery

Thanks to Johan Moors for the images from his website Footsteps…1914–1918


William Sproston ALLEN

306A:  To / the dear memory of / Constance Emily Allen / died May 15th 1929. / Also Lieut. / Wm Sproston Allen RFA / son of the above / killed in action near Ypres / March 1918. / Also Horace Sproston Allen / died May 26th 1940 / “Fight the good Fight”

His name is recorded on the grave of his parent’s Mr & Mrs Horace Sproston Allen – their only son.  The address given in May 1929, when Mrs Allen was buried, was Wrenbury, off Tinshill Lane, Cookridge, but on William’s death it was Penraevon, Newton Park, Leeds.

William was an old boy of St Peter’s School, York and Pembroke College, Bruges. He joined the Leeds University OTC (Officer’s Training Corps) as a cadet. He was gazetted on 11th April 1915 and as Lieutenant, First West Riding Brigade (Territorial) Royal Field Artillery he went to the front in February 1916. He was serving with the 252nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery when he was killed, with another officer and comrades by a heavy enemy shell on 14th March 1918, aged 20, nr Ypres, Belgium. He is buried in The Huts Cemetery, near Leper, Belgium.

Source CWGC and pg 69, Vol 8 YEP 27.3.1918 London Gazette, Times on Line

Information kindly shared by Ann Lightman of the Adel Local History Group.