Mexborough and Swinton Times April 20, 1918
Corporal William Allen
Cpl. William Allen (Y. and L.), of Beevor Street, Goldthorpe has been killed in action.
He was one of Kitchener’s’s Army having enlisted in November, 1914. He had seen some hard fighting in France, and had been over to England for a leave only a fortnight before his death.
His parents are to be deeply sympathised with as they have also a son-in-law dead at Goldthorpe leaving six children.
Another son is in the thick of the fighting in France and another has come home wounded. Thus all three sons have seen active service.
The parents have received the following letter:
Dear Mrs. Allen, Being pals of your son, Cpl. M. Allen, we thought it our duty to write you. It is with deepest regret that we have to inform you of your son who was killed last Thursday by a sniper after we had the over the top, His death was instantaneous as he was hit through the head.