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AllenWilliam LynnCaptainALLEN, WILLIAM LYNN, Captain, was born 8 May 1871, at West Lynn, Altringham, Cheshire, son of  Rulkeley Allen, JP, of West Lynn, Altrincham (son of John Alien, JP, of Oldfield Hall, Altrincham), and Mary Emma Lynn, daughter of Dr Edward Lynn.  He was educated at Rugby; was gazetted to the 3rd (Militia) Battalion The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1891, and to the Border Regiment 9 September 1893.  He was promoted Lieutenant 29 July 1896; Captain 23 July 1902, and Major in October 1913.  Throughout the whole of the South African War he served in the 1st Battalion, being Regimental Transport Officer in the earlier stages, and Adjutant in the latter part of the war; he continued to hold this position afterwards until 1904.  He was present at the operations in Natal, 1899; at the Relief of Ladysmith, including the action at Colenso, and actions of Spion Kop and Vaal Kranz; operations on the Tugela Heights; action at Pieter's Hill; operations in the Orange Free State; in the Transvaal, east and west of Pretoria; in the Orange River Colony, and in Cape Colony, north and south of Orange River.  For his services in this campaign he was twice mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901, and 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "William Lynn Allen, Captain, The Border Regiment.  In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa".  From September 1905, to September 1909, he was Adjutant of the Discharge Depot, and he received his Majority in October 1913, in the 2nd Battalion, in which he had commanded a company.  Early in October 1914, he went to the front with the 7th Division, which defended the town of Ypres from 19 October to 6 November.  On the evening of 28 October he was holding a point between the villages of Krusik and America, about 4| miles from Ypres.  For the previous seven days, Major Lynn Allen had been occupying with his men a salient point at the extreme left of his regiment, and his company were badly in need of reinforcements.  On that particular night about 100 of the enemy made their way over trenches occupied by a neighbouring battalion, and appeared in the vicinity of a farmhouse in the rear of the Borders.  After an interchange of firing, a considerable number were killed, and immediately afterwards the remainder signified their wish to surrender, asking for an English officer.  In response Major Lynn Alien left his trench with two men, and had hardly advanced a step or more before the enemy treacherously opened fire, and he fell back mortally wounded.  His CO in South Africa, Lieutenant Colonel Ovens, now Brigadier General, states: "No officer of the battalion was more gallant and devoted, and it is doubtful if any other gave such valuable services as he did as Transport Officer and Adjutant".  Major Bosanquet, the senior surviving officer of his battalion at Ypres, wrote of him as being "an exceptionally capable officer, and a very great loss to the regiment".  On 8 June, 1898, at St Peter's Church, Woking, Surrey, Major Alien married Adeline Miriam, second daughter of Isaac Garbutt Dickinson, and they had three children: Bulkeley Garbutt Lynn, born 20 July 1899: Esmond Harcourt Lynn, born 22 August 1903, and Sylvia Pomona Lynn, born 15 October 1907.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Border Regiment
AllenWilliam ThomasSource: QSA and KSA medal rolls4th Battery, RFA
AllenWilliam Walter31511TrooperSource: QSA Medal Rolls83rd Company, 21st Btn, IY
AllenWmSource: QSA and KSA medal rollsNew Zealand, 10th Contingent
AllenWm4th Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
(Prince Albert's) Somerset Light Infantry
AllenWm1st Battalion
Source: WO100/281
Grahamstown TG
AllenWmSource: WO100/279Cape Government Railways
AllenbergG A TrooperSource: Nominal rollFrench's Scouts
AllenbergHarry Alexander3443PrivateQSA (4) CC Wep Tr Witt
Source: Wepener Siege Account and Medal Roll
Cape Mounted Rifles
AllenbergJTrooperMissing in action. Arundel, 19 February 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
French's Scouts
AllenburgFrank Maimon2795PrivateSource: Nominal roll in WO127Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry
AllenburgJTrooperNatal 1906 (1)
Source: Recipients of the Natal 1906 Medal
Transvaal Mounted Rifles
AllenbyC W2852PrivatePrisoner. Labusch Nek, 31 December 1899
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
Cape Mounted Rifles
AllenbyE H HLocal ColonelMID LG: 29 July 1902, page: 4837. Source: General Kitchener. 23 June 1902. Re: Final despatch & mentions
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6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons
AllenbyE H HMajorMID LG: 4 May 1900, page: 2842. Source: Lieutenant General French. 2 February 1900. Re: Colesberg
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6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons
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