Sidney McAllen

Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: Not known
Rank: Assistant Steward
Service: Mercantile Marine
Vessel: HMHS Llandovery Castle (London)
Died: 27th June 1918 aged 21 years
Death location: At sea


Life before the War

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

Sidney was the 9th of 12 children and his parents lost 3 of their sons to the Great War, all of them 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.

George Daniel   b.1881 and died 8th April 1915 (war casualty).  Married Jessie Maria Cull 1902.

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   b.1894 and died 26th February 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 Ships 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.

George Daniel was a Merchant Seaman who died aboard the S.S. “Guernsey” on 8th April 1915.
To read more of George’s story please select the link to his name.

Henry Walter’s Memorial reads:
“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.

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Tower Hill Memorial


Sidney’s War Service
Both Sidney and his brother Henry are Remembered with Honour on the Mercantile Memorial, Tower Hill in London.  The Tower Hill Memorial commemorates men and women of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died in both World Wars and who have no known grave. It stands on the south side of the garden of Trinity Square, London, close to The Tower of London. The Memorial reads:

“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”

He is also remembered on the Southampton Cenotaph and Memorial Wall, as well the Jersey Memorial.


Historical Information – HMHS Llandovery Castle
The Llandovery Castle was built in 1914 in Glasgow as RMS Llandovery Castle for the Union Castle line.  It was acting as a Canadian hospital ship on a voyage from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Liverpool in England when it was torpedoed off southern Ireland on 27th June 1918 with the loss of 234 lives.  In terms of the number of dead, the sinking was the most significant Canadian naval disaster of WW1. The incident became renowned as one of the war’s worst atrocities.  After the war, the case of the Llandovery Castle was one of six British cases presented at the Leipzig Trials.


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

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