Image from the Evening Star – 23rd October 1941.

Born: 29th April 1920, Ipswich.

Died: 8th June 1940; age: 20 – MPK.

Residence: 37, Shackleton Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: P/JX 178139

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Acasta’.


Memorial Reference:IMG_6458

Panel 39, Column 3.

Portsmouth Naval Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William E. & Minnie L. Allen, of Ipswich.


Father: William Ernest Allen, born September 1894, Ipswich. A Timber Porter.

Mother: Minnie Laura Allen (nee Newton), born October 1897, Ipswich.


William was educated at Northgate School, Ipswich.



William was living with his parents & siblings at their family home – 37, Shackleton Road, Ipswich.

William, a Timber Porter.

Minnie, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Dora M. Allen, born 1922, Ipswich.

Barbara J. Allen, born 1924, Ipswich.

Elaine J. Allen, born September 1926, Ipswich.

Margaret D. Allen, born 1929, Ipswich.

Brenda S. Allen, born 1932, Ipswich.

Jean P. Allen, born 1934, Ipswich.

Robert B. Allen, born 1938, Ipswich.

William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Augustine of Hippo Church, Ipswich.


9th June 1940 H.M.S. ‘Acasta’


H.M.S. ‘Acasta’ was an A-Class Destroyer built for the Royal Navy by John Brown & Company, Clydebank. Laid down: 13th August 1928. Launched: 8th August 1929. Commissioned: 11th February 1930. On the 9th June 1940, carrying troops and equipment H.M.S. ‘Acasta’ (Commander Charles Eric Glasfurd R.N.) was escorting the aircraft carrier H.M.S. ‘Glorious’ alongside her sister ship H.M.S. ‘Ardent’ in Operation Alphabet (the evacuation of Allied forces from Norway). H.M.S. ‘Glorious’ had no lookouts posted and no aircraft on patrol she was surprised by battleships Scharnhorst and Greisenau. H.M.S. ‘Acasta’ and H.M.S. ‘Ardent’ attempted to lay a smoke screen. H.M.S. ‘Glorious’ was soon overcome and was sunk. The same fate then happened to H.M.S. ‘Ardent’. H.M.S. ‘Acasta’ attacked with torpedoes, and hit the engine room of Scharnhorst in a last attack before she sank, blazing beneath the waves at 18.20hrs. The damage caused by H.M.S. ‘Acasta’ torpedoes to Scharnhorst caused the enemy ships to abandon their sortie to the north and return to port. The Germans didn’t wait to pick up any survivors. 1531 Officers and men lost their lives. There was 1 survivor – Leading Seaman Nick Carter.

 Other Ipswich men lost on HMS Glorious: 





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