1876–1918
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May 26, 1876, East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

September 30, 1918, France.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, Romagne-Sous-Montfaucon, France.

Alfred was the son of George Pom­er­oy Al­len and Eliz­a­beth Mars­hall Howe, and husband of Hel­en J. War­ren Hen­der­son.

Allen attended Sel­win Hall, near Read­ing, Penn­syl­vania; Le­high Un­i­ver­si­ty, Beth­le­hem, Penn­syl­van­ia (1893–94), and graduated in medicine at the University of Penn­syl­van­ia (1898).

He began a career in neurology at the University of Penn­syl­van­ia and Phil­a­del­phia General Hospital. He was a fellow of the College of Physicians of Phil­a­del­phia; secretary (1908–09) and president (1910) of the Phil­a­del­phia Neurological Society; and secretary and treasurer of the American Neurological Association (1909–17).

Allen was also musically gifted, writing the words and music for an opera in his early years, and organizing the Sa­voy Opera Company for amateur productions of Gil­bert and Sul­li­van operas. He also helped edit the 1911 Pres­by­ter­i­an Hymnal.

When he entered the Army, his gifts were quickly recognized, and he was for a while Commandant of the School of Automatic Arms in the Infantry School of Arms of the 79h Division at Camp Meade, Ma­ry­land. He was killed in action during World War I.

  1. Mater Misericordiæ
  2. Messines
  3. St. Helena