Above: Colour Sergeant Alfred Charles Allen's Army Form B. 128 issued to him upon discharge from the Hampshire
Regiment on 31 March, 1894 at Winchester.

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Attested with the 80th (Staffordshire Volunteers) Regiment of Foot:  30 June, 1863
No. 384 Boy: 30 June, 1863 – 31 May, 1864
Appointed Drummer: 1 June, 1864 – 29 July, 1873
Promoted Corporal: 30 July, 1873 – 31 July, 1875
Promoted Sergeant: 1 August, 1875 – 12 August, 1880
Transferred to Hampshire Regiment:  13 August, 1880
Promoted Colour Sergeant: 1 July, 1882 – 31 March, 1894
Discharged: 31 March, 1894

Unfortunately the Allen’s Military History Sheet is missing from his records so one has to consult his Form B.128 to
see that he served a total of 5 years, 174 days overseas and that he was entitled to the 1877-79 South Africa Medal
with the clasp “
1878-79” as well as the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. Based upon the 80th’s deployment
history Allen must have served in Hong Kong/Singapore in 1876 and South Africa from 1877 until around 1880. Three
companies of the 80th took part in the Malayan Perak Campaign in 1876 and Allen may or may not have taken part in
that action although if he had he would have been entitled to the 1854 Indian General Service Medal with the clasp
"
Perak". No mention of this is anywhere in his surviving records. There are also questions regarding exactly what
action Allen saw while earning the 1877-79 South Africa Medal.
The 1877-79 South Africa Medal Roll for the 80th Foot
dated 30 September, 1880 at Dublin states that No. 894
Sergeant Charles Allen was entitled to the medal without
clasp. This is at variance with Allen’s Form B. 128 and
implies that he had remained on the Transvaal border
and had not crossed into Zululand proper during the
Anglo-Zulu War. The 80th was attached to Colonel Hugh
Rowlands VC’s No. 5 column early in war although four
companies were attached to Evelyn Wood’s No. 4
Column at the time of the first invasion. A second roll
also dated 30 September, 1880 states that Allen was
entitled to “
decoration for Sekukuni 1878 under G.O.
134 of 1880
”. This accounts for the 1878 date for his
South Africa Medal clasp but not the 1879 on that same
clasp. The 80th was with Chelmsford at Ulundi and later
acted as Wolsely's bodyguard during the war's final
stages. Allen may well have been at Ulundi and may have
protected Sir Garnet from any still active Zulus. I assume
that his Form B. 128 is correct since the information it
contains would have been based on the missing Military
History Sheet and that Sergeant Alfred Charles Allen
had crossed into Zululand during the war hence the
stated 1879 clasp entitlement.

Allen’s Army Form B. 2077 discharge parchment from
the Hampshire Regiment dated 31 March, 1894 states
that his conduct had been very good and that he had been
a good musician”. His service number with the
Hampshire regiment had been No. 338.

Alfred Charles Allen wife’s name was Hannah and they
were married while he was still serving his term if
enlistment. Based upon the age of their eldest surviving
child in 1891 - a daughter named Mabel - they must have
married prior to 1881. At that time the couple had five
children. The afore mentioned Mabel M. aged 10,
Frederick A. aged 8, Edith A. aged 6, Victor A. aged 4
and Herbert J. aged 1 year. By 1901 they had added one
additional daughter to the brood, Eva G. aged 9 years.
Above: The reverse side of Colour Sergeant Alfred Charles Allen's
Army Form B. 128. Here is given his description at the time of his
discharge in 1894, his intended place of residence, his length of service
and any medals and decorations entitled too.


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On 15 December 1904 attested with the Royal Marines at Eastney as a Bandsman for a term of five years. He served
“aboard” the
HMS Excellent from 15 December 1904 to 8 June, 1905. The HMS Excellent was not a ship but a shore based
establishment on Whale Island near Portsmouth, Hampshire. Shore establishments such as the
HMS Excellent where and
are known as “stone frigates”. He served as Bandsman with the Royal Marine Artillery from 9 June, 1904 until 14 June,
1905 when he was discharged as an invalid. Allen’s character was listed as
"very good" during his brief tenure with the
Royal Marines.
In 1911 60 year old Alfred Charles Allen was now a widower
and mentioned in the census of that years as an Army
Pensioner and Band Master living at 188 Hyde Park Rd,
Southsea with four of his children.
Left: Colour Sergeant Alfred Charles Allen's Army Form B.
2077 which gives such information as the reason for
discharge, conduct and character and physical description
at time of discharge.


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Right: The front of Alfred Charles
Allen's Royal Marine Statement of
Service completed at the time if his
enlistment as a Royal Marine
Bandsman in 1904.


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Above: The inside Alfred Charles Allen's Royal Marine Statement of Service completed at the time if his enlistment as
a Royal Marine Bandsman in 1904. It shows his service as Pensioner Bandsman, Musician on the HMS Excellent and
with the Royal Marine Artillery.


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