Born in Surrey UK. Enlisted September 1914 age 21, lumper, the old term for a waterside worker. His next of kin was his father, residing in London and a Mrs E. Allen at Geraldton. Embarked at Fremantle 2 November 1914 A11 Ascanius. Service medals 1914-15 Star, BWM, and VM. Allen was killed in action at Gallipoli 2 May 1915. Allen J.A. is on the Cottesloe and Cottesloe Beach Honour Roll.