Allen, Campbell (No. T/100575)

Allen, Campbell

Corporal

No. T/100575, 15 Infantry Brigade Group Company, Royal Army Service Corps

Killed on active service on Monday 9 February 1942 (aged 23)

Buried:

Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore (Special Memorial 24. E. 16)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial (as Allan C.)

Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bangor

BIOGRAPHY

Campbell Allen was born on 17 February 1918 at 5 Gainsborough Drive, Belfast and he was a son of William and Sarah Allen (nee Hillis) who were married on 24 December 1913 in Whitehouse Parish Church of Ireland Church (St John’s), Newtownabbey.  William Allen (aged 29) from 54 Gainsborough Drive, Shore Road, Belfast was a son of Robert Allen, a fireman.  Sarah Hillis (aged 24) from Erin View, Greencastle was a daughter of James Hillis, a labourer.

Campbell Allen’s paternal grandparents were Robert and Jane Allen (nee Campbell) who were both born in County Antrim.  Robert Allen was a traction engine driver and he and Jane Campbell were married in Govan, Scotland on 29 November 1883.  They had eight children including:

William (born 1885 in Scotland)

Jane (born 1886 in Scotland)

John (born 1888 in Scotland)

David (born 12 October 1896 in Scotland)

James (born 21 September 1898 in Belfast)

Robert (born 26 December 1899 in Belfast)

William Allen worked as a ship’s caulker and he and Sarah Allen (nee Hillis) had at least three children:

Catherine Jane (born 25 October 1914 at 36 Mountcollyer Street, Belfast)

Robert (born 20 June 1916 at 5 Gainsborough Drive, Belfast)

Campbell (born 17 February 1918 at 5 Gainsborough Drive, Belfast)

During the Second World War Corporal Campbell Allen (No. T/100575) served with 15 Infantry Brigade Group Company, Royal Army Service Corps in the South-East Asian Theatre of War and he died on 9 February 1942. During the previous day, Japanese Forces had crossed the Johore Straits from Malaya and landed on Singapore Island at the mouth of the Kranji River and on 9 February they launched an attack on Singapore Island.  Campbell Allen was 23 years old when he died, and he is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial (as Allan. C.) and in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bangor.  The Revd W.G. Wimperis said that Campbell Allen was ‘a sincere Christian youth, lovable and intelligent above average’.  He had been a Sunday School teacher and a collector at the Sabbath evening services.  He worked in the Civil Service and ‘had the promise of a successful future’.

During the First World War a Private Campbell Allen (No. 350466) who served with the 18th Battalion (4th Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry was killed in action on 26 October 1917 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium and on Page 8 in the Belfast Book of Honour – Journey of Remembering compiled by Derek Smyth.  At the time of writing no definitive connection has been established between this First World War casualty and Corporal Campbell Allen (No. T/100575) who was killed in the Second World War.