Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
7019670   Lance Sergeant Allen Charles
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 11/07/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st (Airborne) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles (British Army)
Died: 08/06/1944 (Unknown)
Age: 23
Allen Charles was born in Desertmartin about 1921. The family lived in Desertmartin in what is now a shop in front of the Orange Hall. As a young man Allen went to live in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England. He married Mavis Charles. Lance Sergeant Allen Charles was serving with the 1st (Airborne) Battalion of the Royal Ulster Rifles when he was killed by friendly fire on 8th June 1944 during the Normandy landings.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Ranville War Cemetery
  Ranville, Calvados, 4
Grave Ref: Grave IVA-E-2
CWGC Casualty 2847763
Ranville is best reached by taking the D513 north-eastwards out of Caen, and after about 9 kilometres turning left at Herouvillette. Go north for one kilometre and then turn left into Ranville village. The War Cemetery is on Rue des Airbornes.
References and Links
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1 John Masefield Poem - A Consecration. John Masefield
2 Pegasus Archive Killed on 8 June 1944 in Normandy by 'friendly fire'.
3 Rudyard Kipling Poem - Dedication from 'Barrack-Room Ballads'
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lance Sergeant Allen Charles' grave can be purchased here
5 WW2 Northern Ireland Details and photos
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023