Jack Allen had been born in Reddish the son of George and Sarah. By the time he enlisted into the army, in the autumn of 1914, the family had moved to Drolysden and was living at 14 Palm Street.
He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in the attack described here. After the attack, Jack was reported as being “missing”. It would be many months before the War Office made an official presumption that he must have been killed. During this time, an appeal for information about him was published in the local press from a Miss Dickens, 28 Hurst Street, Reddish. This was probably his "sweetheart, Gertie", whose name appeared in a 1917 "In Memoriam" notice to him.
When the official news was received, the family held a well attended memorial service for him at the Reddish Green Wesleyan Chapel, on 18 March 1917. The Stockport Express, in its edition of 29 March, reported on the service saying that the Rev. R J Benny had spoken of “the great bravery and spirit of self-sacrifice prevailing among our troops at the front and urged that the same spirit of self-sacrifice should prevail among people remaining at home. Quite as much bravery, he said, was required at home to fight for righteousness as by the soldiers on the battlefield”.
After the War, Jack’s parents had moved back to the Stockport area and were living at 298 Manchester Road, Heaton Chapel. Jack’s body had never been found and identified. His cousin, Bertie Allen, was also killed in the same attack. Jack's older brother, William, had emigrated to Australia before the War and enlisted into the local forces. He is believed to have survived the War.