Charles Allen enlisted on 18th November 1902 at Ballymena, and was three years in the colours. He then spent nine years in reserve before being called up on 5th August 1914. He resided at Liscolman, with his wife and three children and was employed in Liscolman Spinning Mill. He was killed in the retreat from Mons, in the trenches near Klein Zillebeke, on 18th November 1914, exactly twelve years to the day after enlisting. Later on that evening the battalion moved to billets at Potijze. On the 4th of August the 1st Battalion received orders to mobilize for war against Germany. Then on the 12th, the Battalion entrained for Southampton in two trains at Nine Elms Station and by 4.00pm had embarked on S.S. Novara, sailing at 7.00pm. They reached Le Havre at 6.00am the following morning. On Friday, the 14th,they entrained at Havre station and after seventeen hours slow progress they halted at Wassigny. They then marched to Vadencourt, and their first billets. Here they rested for three days while innoculations were carried out. On 20th August the march towards Belgium began, via Etreux and Fesmy to Maroilles and billets. Then it was on to Pont-sur- Sambre and Hargnies, to La Longueville. In a few days they were in the suburbs of Mons. Here they were to meet the German Army in vastly superior numbers. They were immediately forced to retreat and by August 26th were back in the Wassigny area. They were forced back further still and in twelve days had been pushed back 140 miles from Mons. They were then able to turn on the enemy and onSeptember 8th were at Boitron Wood in preparation for the Battle of the Marne. Following this encounter and the crossing of the Marne and five days later they were at the Aisne and preparing for battle there. This was to last longer but after a successful battle they were ordered, on 11th October to be prepared to move at short notice. On 14th October they entrained at Fismes for Hazebrouck and the Ypres Salient.Their route is worth noting, Mareuil-sur-Ourcq, Ormoy, St. Denis outside Paris, Epluches, Creil, Amiens, Abbeville, Etaples, Boulogne, Calais and St. Omer. At 5.00pm on the 15th the battalion went into billets at Hazebrouck. They were then brought up through Ypres. Later they moved to Klein Zillebeke and were in the trenches here in early November. They were relieved on the 9th by the South Wales Borderers, but again relieved them in turn on the 14th. Snow had been falling fairly continuously and the cold and frost at night were numbing. The Germans were shelling regularly and there was never any rest for weary soldiers who had to keep alert at all times. These were the conditions the Irish Guards found themselves in mid November 1914. On 18th November, just as they were about to be relieved, Charles Allen was killed. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate. The following Sunday morning at a service in Billy Parish Church, the Rev R. Moore Morrow. M.A. made a touching reference to Private Allen's death.