The Parish Magazine reported “Although not a robust lad, he heard the call and volunteered for duty, doing his bit faithfully and well.”
Allan was the son of John & Louisa Bailey. In 1911 he lived with his widowed father, three brothers & five sisters in Dovecote Street, Staindrop. He, his father & brother Wilfred were all coal miners. His sister Jane Ann was housekeeper for the family and in later life cleaned the church.
Allan joined the 18th Durham Light Infantry in August 1915. He served in France & was wounded twice. Later, he transferred to the 10th Manchesters. He died of wounds received at Cambrai on 28th September 1918 aged 24 & is buried at Vis –En – Artois.
Name originally entered as ALLEN - was this spelling on the Staindrop plaque?