Allen, Arthur Robert

  • Township: East Nissouri
  • Rank: Private
  • Branch: 168th Canadian Infantry Battalion, 2nd Battalion
  • Regiment number: 675635
  • Date of birth: 1898
  • Where born: England
  • Date of death: 1917
  • Burial location: Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France
  • Wars Served: World War I
  • Years of service: 1916 - 1917
  • Country enlisted with: Canada

Biography

Arthur Robert Allen, son of Arthur Vincent Allen, was born in England in 1898.  While employed as a farm worker it is believed that he worked at Lot 1 Con 10.  He enlisted at Kintore in 1916 in the 168th Canadian Infantry Battalion.  He fought with the 2nd Battalion at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917. During a night attack on the fortified village of Fresnoy-en-Gohelle the troops were shelled and machine gunned mercilessly by the Germans. The lead company from the 2nd Battalion was able to force its way through the wire and capture the western edge of the village. Two companies of the 2nd came forward and mopped up the village, killing or capturing all Germans found in the dugouts and ruined houses. Private Allen was hit by small arms fire, was evacuated, and later died.  He is buried in the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension in France.-- Courtesy of St. Marys Journal Argus.

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