Second World War - Lynsted Memorial Project
James William ALLEN (of Teynham)
Lance Sergeant, Service Number 824033
One of two sons of William and Eliza Allen, James was born in Teynham in 1914. He married Maud May Tumber of Sandown Cottages, Teynham, in 1939. At the time of the 1939 Register, Maud was living with her parents in 1 Bridge Cottages, Barrow Green, Teynham.
During WW2 the 2nd Field Regiment Royal Artillery initially were in support of the 1st Armoured Division. From 1942 it saw service in the Middle East, Greece and Italy with both 1st & 2nd Armoured Divisions.
On the day James died, we know that the 2nd Field Regiment was in the Allied lines at the Anzio Beachhead. On that day troops penetrated the line.
On 7 March 1944, James was reported "Missing believed Prisoner of War". A year and a half later on 11 September 1945, his status changed to "Presumed Killed in Action on 4 February 1944".
James has no known grave and is remembered on the Cassino Memorial in Italy.
His wife Maud never remarried and died on 12 November 1946.