Clarence Layton Allen

Rank Rifleman
Service No 3348
Date of Death 01/07/1916
Age 33

London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles) 1st/16th Battalion

Memorial Thiepval Memorial, France. This memorial to the missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.


Clarence was born to Samuel and Clara Allen of St Pancras, London, on 10th March 1887. He had four younger siblings: Horace (b.1890), Norah (b.1894), Marjorie (b.1897) and Gladys Layton (b.1903). Clarence was baptised at Holy Trinity, Gray’s Inn Road on 12th June 1887, at which point the family’s address was 8, Calthrope Street, off Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1.

In 1901 the family were living at 6, Venetia Road, Haringey and Clarence’s father was working as a life insurance clerk.

In 1911, Clarence was working as a marine insurance clerk and still living with his parents and siblings at Trevelgue, Regents Park Road, Finchley.

Clarence’s sister, Marjorie, was confirmed, aged 14, in St Luke’s Finchley on 6th March 1912 by the Bishop of Willesden. The family is living at the same residence as in 1911. Gladys, another sister, was confirmed, aged 15, on 27th March 1918 by Bishop of Willesden in St Mary-at-Finchley.

His division took part in the disastrous attack on Gommecourt on the first day of the battle of the Somme, which, according to the battalion history, cost them 600 casualties, including Clarence, out of the 750 who went into action.