Allan was a member of the very large Holebrook family who lived in Hazel Grove. He was named after his grandfather who owned the family plastering business. His father, John. and four uncles all worked in the business. Two of these uncles, Charles and Reginald, were both killed during the war.
The 1901 Census records that John Holebrook, was then aged 38 and had been born in Macclesfield. His wife, Eliza, was 31. They had four other children, as well as Allan, - Annie (8), Frank (5), Victoria (3) and Emily (1). After the war, John and Eliza were living at 89 Chapel Street, Hazel Grove.
Allan had attended Norbury School and continued his education at the Primitive Methodist Sunday School. Sunday schools were an important part of the educational provision at the time. He later went to work as a goods porter for the London and North Western Railway Ltd at Stockport.
His service number indicates that he was a recent conscript to the army and would not have been at the front for very long when he was killed during the tour of duty in the trenches described here.
Further information about Allan (and his uncles) is in the book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton.