Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Mark James William Allen -

Unknown person Name : Mark James William Allen

Son of : Mark Edwin Allen (died 1889), and Louisa Allen (née Smart) of Ventnor, Isle of Wight.

Born : 1884, Ventnor (registered as Mark William James Smart Allen)

Married : Clara J Abbott

Children : Margaret Joan (born 1917), Maurice (born 1923), Betty (born 1927), Angela Norah Fay (born 1934)

Died : 24 December 1961, aged 78, Ventnor, Isle of Wight.

  Census information :

1891 : Louisa Allen, widow, with her children including Mark 'aged 6', are at Sloven's Bush, 11 Sydney Terrace, Ventnor. Louisa Allen is a Needlewoman.

1901 : Louisa Allen, widow, with her children including Mark 'aged 18', are at 50 South Street, Ventnor. Mark Allen is a Driver, Royal Artillery.

1911 : Mark Allen not located

  Electoral Roll information :

1947 : Mark J and Clara J Allen are at 1 Grove Hurst, Marlborough Road, Ventnor.

  Service Details :

Driver Mark James William Allen, Royal Army Service Corps.

No details known, other than from his obituary

  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Newport Old Contemptibles Roll of Honour
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :

Isle of Wight Mercury

29 December 1961

Was Army Saddler for 23 Years

A popular local man, Mr. Mark James William Allen, of 1 Grovehurst, Marlborough Road, died at his home on Christmas Eve. He was 78.
Mr. Allen joined the Royal Artillery at the turn of the century, soon after transferring to the Royal Army Service Corps, in which he was a saddler. He was demobilised in January, 1924, after 23 years service.
For 24 years, he was afterwards storeman at the Royal National Hospital, retiring in July 1953. Mr. Allen was a member of the Old Contemptibles, and served in the Home Guard in the last world war.
Mr. Allen was for a period commissionaire at the old Gaiety Cinema in Grove Road. He was a pleasant, kindly man, of a retiring nature, and loved nothing better than to garden, or to potter about in his shed.
Sympathy is extended to Mrs. Allen, and the four children, Joan, Betty, Maurice and Angela.
The funeral takes place today, 2 p.m., at St. Catherine's Church, with Blakes making the arrangements.

Isle of Wight Mercury

5 January 1962

Last Tribute to Mr. Mark Allen
The Rev. A.L. Burrell officiated at the funeral on Friday at St. Catherine's Church, of Mr. Mark James William Allen (78), of 1 Grovehurst, Marlborough Road.
The mourners were Mrs. Allen; Mr. M. Allen (son); Mr. and Mrs. L. Holford and Mr. and Mrs. B. Bicknell (sons-in-law and daughters); Mr. P. Facey (brother-in-law) also representing Mrs. Facey; Mrs. H. Vanassche (niece); and Mr. A.F. Beavis (representing Mr. and Mrs. C. Farrow, brother-in-law and sister-in-law).
The hymn "Love Divine" was sung, with Mr. E.S. Young at the organ.
The 30 floral tributes included one from the Old Contemptibles, who were represented by Mr. A.E.C. Needle (Chairman) and Chums H.B. Wescomb and F. Denny, of Newport.
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  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper and other research
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