|Memorial .||Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial||Panel 5.||Flanders|
Awards & Titles:
Early Life :Born late 1886, son of Thomas and Ellen Allen, of Belle Vue, Maughold, Ramsey, Isle of Man.
Unit : 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers
Regimental No. GS/4186.
Disembarkation date in France was 3rd May 1915
22 April - 25 May 1915. On the 22nd April 1915 the Germans used poison gas at Ypres. This was the first 'official' use of gas and took the Allies by surprise. After initial success capitalising on the confusion and horror of this weapon, a heroic stand, initially by the Canadians and then supported by British and Indian Battalions, held the German advance. However it became clear that the Germans had achieved a tactical advantage and eventually the British were forced to retire to more a more defendable perimeter closer to Ypres. These positions were on the last ridges before Ypres and their loss would have resulted in the loss of the town and possibly open the Channel coast to German occupation with disastrous consequences for the re-supply of the BEF.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||St Maughold No. 1075 E.C.||Isle of Man|
19th November 1912
12th December 1912
18th February 1913
In the records of his Mother Lodge at the United Grand Lodge of England, it is shown that Robert is an Advocate and initiated aged 26 into Maughold Lodge, at Ramsey, Isle of Man. An annotation shows that he was "Killed at Ypres 24th May 1915
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Book : 1921 - Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918 - Oxford University Press
- Document : 1933 - Masonic Roll of Honour - Freemasons' Hall Vestibule - United Grand Lodge of England