George Daniel McAllen

Date of birth: 1881
Place of birth: Southampton
Date of marriage: 1902
Place of marriage: Southampton
Service No.: Not known
Rank: Seaman
Service: Merchant Marine
Vessel: SS Guernsey
Died: 8th April 1915 aged 34 years
Death location: At sea


Life before the War
George’s father was Daniel Courtis McAllen who was born on 27th February 1853 in Jersey and died in 1920.  His mother, Emma Jane, nee Pearcey, was born in 1858 Southampton, dying in 1924.  Daniel and Emma married on 1st December 1873.

George was the 4th of 12 children and his parents lost 3 of their sons to the Great War, all at sea.

His siblings – 4 sisters and 7 brothers – were:

Ada Theresa   b.1875.  Married George Russell 1900.

Emily Edith   b.1878.  Married Frank Laurence 1900.

William Courtis   b.1879 and d.1880.

Ethel Louisa   b.1883 and d.1958.  Married John Stark 1912.

Thomas Wilfred   b.1889 and d.1957.  Married Elizabeth Haskell 1913.

Nellie Mahala   born 30th August 1891 and died on 28th April 1977.  Married first to Arthur George Dixey in 1912, then Walter Greenaway in 1940.

Henry Walter, aka Harry,   b.1894 and d.1918 (war casualty).

Sidney   b.1896 and died 27th June 1918 (war casualty).

John   b.1898 and d.1898.

Ronald Frank   b.1901 and d.1942.  Married Blanche Maud Morris in 1927.

Oswald Cortis   b.1903 and d.1960.  Married Stella Ivy Dear in 1926.

In 1901 the family lived at 24 Dukes Road, Portswood, Southampton.  Daniel was employed as a Ship’s Fireman on the Seas and George was an Ordinary Seaman.

The family had moved to 37 Oaktree Road, Bitterne Park, Southampton by 1911.  Daniel was away at sea when the return was taken.  Both Ethel and Nellie were employed by the Ordnance Survey Office as Map Folder.  Henry was an Errand Boy but at the time was unemployed.

In 1911 George was a crew member aboard a vessel which was anchored at St. Peter Port, Guernsey, his occupation was given as Fireman Seaman of Steamer.  The ship was owned by the London & South Western Railway Company.  He states he was married. Unfortunately, although researched, his wife Jessie Maria could not be found in the 1911 census.  George and Jessie were married in 1902.

Daniel and Emma Jane lost three sons in the war; all served with the Mercantile Marine and were drowned when each of their ships were attacked.

Both Sidney and Henry are Remembered with Honour on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at London’s Tower Hill and their inscriptions read:

“McAllen, Asst. Std. Sidney. H.M.H.S. “Llandovery Castle” (London). Drowned, as a result of an attack by an enemy submarine, 27th June, 1918. Age 21. Son of Daniel Courtis McAllen and Emma Jane McAllen, of 37, Oaktree Rd., Bitterne Park, Southampton”
To read more of Sidney’s story please select the link to his name.

 “McAllen, 2nd Asst. Ck. Henry Walter. H.M.H.S. “Glenart Castle” (Southampton). Drowned, as a result of an attack by an enemy submarine, 26th Feb., 1918. Age 24. Son of Daniel Courtis McAllen and Emma Jane McAllen, of 37, Oak Tree Road, Bitterne Park, Southampton”
To read more of Henry’s story please select the link to his name.


War Service for George Daniel
George was a Merchant Seaman who died aboard the SS Guernsey on 8th April 1915.  Unfortunately, there is no confirmation of him being on the Marine Mercantile Memorial, though he is mentioned on the Southampton Cenotaph and Memorial Wall.  Also, no records of his service or awards can be found.


Historical Information – SS Guernsey
The loss of the SS Guernsey on 8th April 1915 was not caused by direct enemy action, but rather the threat of such action.  Because of the war the light at Cap de la Hague, France was turned out.  This light, on the northwest corner of Cherbourg Peninsula, marked a key navigation point, especially for the little coaster Guernsey.  She was owned by the London & South Western Railway Company and provided regular service between Southampton and Guernsey Island in the English Channel.

Her master, Captain Barrow, must have made the voyage many times and knew the route well; however that night, with no light to navigate by and a strong northwest wind blowing the ship of course, she hit the rocks 2 miles south of Auderville, France.  They hit with so much force Captain Barrow was thrown from the bridge into the sea and was never seen again.

The sea was so rough only one lifeboat could be launched and it contained only twelve of the remaining eighteen people on board. The six left behind never reached the shore and perished, the twelve who made it into the boat were picked up by the SS Cherbourg and landed at Southampton.


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 14th June 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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