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Name: Karl Cecil Allen Service No. 170541 (1918) Royal Flying Corps Date of Birth: May 2, 1897 Place of Birth: Arcadia, Yarmouth Co., NS Date of Enlistment: January 26, 1918 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, NS Age at Enlistment: 19 Date of Discharge: January 6, 1919 (Toronto) Date of Death: May 5, 1984 Cemetery: Saint Stephens Anglican Church Cemetery, Tusket, Yarmouth Co.,NS Karl Cecil Allen was the son of James Franklin Allen (1858-1932) and Laura L. (Hersey) Allen (b. 1866) of Arcadia, Yarmouth Co., NS Karl enlisted at Halifax on January 26, 1918 as a Cadet with the Royal Flying Corps. He reported to the Head Office in Toronto several days later. He was examined and turned down as a Cadet but told that a mechanic was “just as good” and he would be overseas in a few weeks. He was sent to Texas, but none of the mechanics were sent overseas. He was promoted to 2nd Class in March 1918. He requested a discharge to join the Canadian Expeditionary Forces but was unable to obtain a discharge. He was discharged on January 6, 1919 at Toronto on demobilization under Air Force Memo No.1 S Air Ministry Cable 7061 (December 31, 1918).
Karl Cecil Allen
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