Private William Allen was born c.1877 in Thatcham, Berkshire, and enlisted for service with the Gordon Highlanders 9 February 1898 at Aldershot. Whilst serving with his regiment in the Second Boer War, he was wounded by Mauser bullet in the left arm 21 October 1899 at Elandslaagte where 5 officers and 27 men of the battalion were killed and 8 officers and 83 men wounded. He was discharged from further service 21 August 1900 at Netley, but later served throughout WWI with the Royal Defence Corps, being once again discharged 11 January 1919. He died 29 April 1945, at 5 Church Gate, Thatcham, Berks.
[Lovely group with single clasp located on First Light Militaria
Group of Six to Elandslaagte casualty.
Scarce group to; Lt. Sims RAF and Devonshire Regt.
India Medal 1896 two clasps; Punjab Frontier 1897-8 and Tirah 1897-8
2944 Cpl. J. Sims 1st Batn. Devon Regt. (running script.)
Queens South Africa Medal 1899 One Clasp Elaandslaagte. 2944 Sjt. J. Sims Devon regt.
1914-15 Star 3-7694 Sjt. J. Sims Devon Regt.
British War Medal Lt. J. Sims RAF
Victory Medal Lt. J. Sims RAF
Long Service and Good Conduct medal 1265 Sjt. J. Sims MPSC.
Palmers List of Boer war casualties record Severely wounded 21/10/99.
Casualties to 1st Devons; 3 Officers and 29 Other ranks (two died subsequently.