Stanley James Allen was born in Thame in 1912 the son of Thomas Charles and Annie Caroline Allen of High Street, Thame, who later moved to 29 Horton Avenue; he married Beryl Irene Jones in Cheltenham in 1939. She was living in Little Shurdington, Gloucestershire.
5379224 Sergeant Stanley Allen of 7th Battalion, Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry served with the 8th Army in the N Africa and Italy campaigns. He was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of his platoon in a forward position west of Salerno.
Sergeant Allen’s platoon held the road through a defile on September 15th. A reconnaissance unit reported the approach of German tanks and infantry, and he laid a mine trap across the road. The German tanks and infantry developed strong attacks against this vital position.
Sergeant Allen, disregarding his own safety, handled his platoon with such skill and determination that all attacks were driven back, and a large number of Germans killed. Sergeant Allen’s dogged courage and personal example ensured that the road was barred to the enemy.
This gallant soldier died of his wounds on 12th November 1943 and was buried in Naples War cemetery. He is remembered in Thame on the war memorial and on the memorial board in St Mary’s Church.