Edward James Allman was born in Broughton and his birth registered in Hawarden in 1897 (HAW/44/33). He first appeared on a census in 1901 aged 3, living at Lodge, Bretton, Hawarden (Flint), Bretton, Cheshire. Edward was the eldest son of George Thomas Allman 29, who was head of the family and a Forest Labourer who had been born in Saighton, Cheshire. Edward’s mother Mary Ann was 28 and had been born in Broughton. Their youngest son was George Thomas 1 who had been born in Bretton, Flintshire.
The 1911 census records the family again in Bretton, with no exact address but they had 4 rooms. George was 39 and a General Estate Labourer. Mary Ann 38 was recorded this time as Mary Jane. Edward was 13, George 11, Annie C. 9 and baby Fanny 1.
UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental information above and adds that he enlisted in Shotton. Edward James’s medal card also accessible on ancestry, records his medal details and Edward’s former regimental details.
The UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 in which the Army calculated what moneys were owed to deceased soldiers, includes an entry for Edward James Allman. It tells us that he died “In Action” and the sole Legatee was his father George who was paid £9. 0s 11d on the 2nd October 1918 and his War Gratuity of £16.10s 0d on the 28th September 1919.
Unusually, there are two Flintshire WW1 Index cards for Edward James in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Record Office in Hawarden. Both cards confirmed the regimental details and death date above. The address given was Saltney Ferry. They both added that he had served three and a half years. One was signed by GT Allman and the other by E L Roberts.