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Information from Clive Wood, 2008
Private Horace Augustus Allebone

200864 'D' Battalion Tank Corps

Son of Mr Augustus & Mrs Matilda Allebone

Aged 28 years

Died 20th November 1917

Commemorated
on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France
Panel 13
And in Rushden Cemetery Grave F.409


Horace Allebone seated
Horace Augustus Allebone (seated)

gravestoneSon of Augustus Allebone, of Roseneath, Rushden, Boot manufacturer. Born Rushden on 29th Aug 1889; educated here, was a director of Messrs Allebone & Sons Ltd, boot manufacturers.

Enlisted at Rushden on 10th March 1916, served with the Expeditionary Force in France.

He was awarded two Parchment Certificates; one for Meritorious and Gallant Services in the field and the second for Soldierly Conduct under heavy fire 4th October 1917, during the Third Battle of Ypres, both signed by the Brigadier General.

The Wellingborough News Friday 14 April 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Country Tribunals Monday's Sitting
Another sitting at the County Appeals Tribunal was held at Northampton on Monday.
Already in Khaki
In the case of Horace Allebone, Rushden, Captain Cook said the man was already in the army, and he assumed voluntarily so. Mr Thompson said public opinion was very strong against men being called up while appeals were pending. - Adjourned for inquiries.

The Rushden Echo Friday 14 April 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates

City Appeals Tribunal Interesting - Cases from Rushden Already in the Army
When the case of Horace Allebone, who had entered an appeal against a decision of the Rushden Tribunal, was called, Captain Cook, Military Representative, stated that the man was already in the Army.
Mr Thompson (one of the Tribunal) said it was important that there should be a clear statement in these cases, as to whether the man had joined voluntarily. Public opinion was very strong against men being called to the colours while an appeal was pending.
The case was adjourned and Captain Cook said he would obtain the information Mr Thompson had asked for.

The Rushden Echo Friday 25 May 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

'TANK' HERO HONOURED - Mr Horace Allebone, son of Mr A Allebone, son manufacturer, Rushden, has received a Card of Honour awarded by the Brigadier-General for cool and skilful driving of a Tank during the advance between April 9th and 18th on the Hindenberg Line. "This reflects great credit upon yourself and the good names of the 'Heavy Branch'," the card states.

The Rushden Echo Friday 7 December 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Tank Hero Killed Lance-Corpl Horace Allebone Honoured for Meritorious Work
Gunner H Allebone
We sincerely regret to report that Mr and Mrs A Allebone, of Roseneath, Wellingborough road, Rushden, have received unofficial news that their son, 200864, Lance-Corpl Horace Allebone, of the Tank Corps, was killed in action on November 20th. The sad news is sent Capt CR Nichols, the deceased soldier's commanding officer, who writes as follows:-
"I deeply regret having to inform you that your son, Lance-Corpl Horace Allebone, No. 200864, was killed in action on November 20th. However, great the loss is to us, I know it is nothing to be compared with that sustained by yourself. Your son was in my section and was one of the best drivers in the company. However, apart from the loss as a driver, I feel that I have lost a very old friend, and I hope you will accept my deepest sympathy. I am sorry I cannot give you full details, but I may say we buried you son near the village of Flesquieres."

The late Lance-Corpl Allebone, who as 28 years of age, joined the Colours on March 10th, 1916, and went to France in the following August, since which time he has never been home on leave. He drove a Tank on the first day on which these modern weapons were utilised, and we understand that his was the identical Tank which entered the sugar refinery. He was granted a parchment certificate in recognition of meritorious work and skilful driving in penetrating the Heidelberg line.

The late Lce-Corpl Allebone was a director of the firm of Messrs. A Allebone & Sons, Ltd, boot manufacturers,
Rushden. Mr and Mrs Allebone, "Roseneath", Wellingborough road, Rushden, desire to express their grateful appreciation to the many kind friends for their messages of sympathy in their heavy bereavement. The family find it quite impossible to reply personally to all the kind letters they have received, and desire through our columns to sincerely thank all those who have sent them message of condolences and consolation in their terrible loss.

The Rushden Echo Friday 7 June 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Military Tribunal

Mr J C Wilson, solicitor, appeared for Arthur Allebone, 27, married, of the firm Allebone and Sons, Ltd, boot manufacturers, Rushden. Mr Wilson said that applicant and his brother Horace were manager directors of the firm, the father having retired from active business. Horace went on active service and had been killed. Arthur was previously in charge of the upper department, but when his brother Horace went he took entire charge of the factory and managed it on his own account, the father returning to business in order to relieve him of the office work. They had no foremen other than working foremen and all the departments were under the supervision of the applicant, who was also a skilled mechanic in the factory. There were no eligible young men on the firm. Besides his other work, appellant had to do all the buying. - Exception to July 31st.

The Rushden Echo Friday 16 August 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Military Tribunal - Ninety Appeals Dealt With

Monday, present: Messrs. T Swindall (chairman), F Knight, JP, C Bates and C Cross CC, with Mr George S Mason (clerk) and Mr H Dulley (National service representative).

Mr Augustus Allebone appeared in support of the appeal of his son, Arthur Allebone, aged 27, grade 2, who was the sole manager of the firm of Allebone and Sons, Ltd, boot manufacturers. The third partner (Mr Horace Allebone) was killed in action in November 1917. Mr Dulley said he wanted a ruling hi cases of this sort, where young men were managing boot factories, and he was taking a similar case to the County Appeals Tribunal for their decision. He suggested that in the present case they should grant a short exemption pending the decision of the County Tribunal. Mr Bates endorsed the statement that Mr Arthur Allebone had full control of the factory, and not only worked the machines but repaired them. One month open exemption was granted.

The Rushden Echo Friday 4 October 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Military Tribunal Boot Manufacturers' Exemptions

Monday, present Messrs. T Swindall (chairman), F Knight, JP., C Bates, CW Horrell and C Cross with Mr GS Mason (clerk) and Mr H Dulley (National Service representative).

The case of Arthur Allebone, aged 27, Grade 2, partner in a boot manufacturing firm, was adjourned, pending the decision of the County Shoe Trade Panel Committee, to which it was referred.

The Roll of Honour. Marquis de Ruvigny. London, Standard Art Book Company, transcribed by Nicky Bates

1917-1918 Allebone H Lance-Corpl 200864, Tank Corps. Son of Augustus Allebone, of Roseneath, Rushden, boot manufacturer. Born Rushden, Northants, 29 Aug. 1889; educated there, was a director of Allebone & Son, boot manufacturers. Enlisted 10 March 1916, served with the Expeditionary Force, and was killed in action at Cambrai 20 Nov 1917. He was awarded two Parchment Certificates, one for meritorious and gallant services in the field, signed by the Brigadier General, and the second for soldierly conduct under heavy fire 4 Oct 1917, during the Third Battle of Ypres, also signed by the Brigadier General. Unmarried.


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