Lawrence Erwin Allen
Quarter Master Corps
1895 - 1918
Lawrence Allen was born on February 24, 1895 in Waitsburg, Washington where he grew up with his older sister, Florence, and his younger brother, Wilmot.
"1910 United States Federal Census." 1910 US Federal Census Records. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Web. 07 June 2017.
In the census record above we can see that his parents were called Lena and Herbert Allen and were from New York.
Allen attended the University of Washington and was majoring in mechanical engineering but did not graduate from there because of the war. Here is a picture of him from one of the yearbooks.
1914 Yearbook University of Washington. Digital image. Digital Collections University of Washington. N.p., n.d. Web.
He then married fellow UW student, Lulu Wright, who then became Lulu Wright Allen on the 18th of July, 1916.
Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950, FamilySearch, 7 December 2014, Lawrence Erwin Allen and Lulu Jane Wright, 18 Jul 1916; citing Marriage, Missoula County, Montana, county courthouses;
Allen then registered for the Great War and served in the Quarter Master Corps which was a supply division. It provided the necessities for soldiers in the trenches except for medical supplies and ammunition.
United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration
Keep the Stars Shinning for Uncle Sam. N.d. Keep the Stars Shining for Uncle Sam. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. University Libraries Temple. Web.
On the 19th of October, Allen died of the Spanish Influenza which was running rapid through cities and killing millions of not only soldiers but civilians as well. At the time of his death Allen had been a sergeant in an Officers's Training School near Bordeaux.
"Influenza Warning Notice." Pullman in the First World War. Illinois Digital Archives, n.d. Web. 08 June 2017.
After his death Allen was commemorated for his efforts in the war by his old high school, Lewis and Clark High School, his university, University of Washington and the newspaper.
"Lewis and Clark World War 1 Memorial." Spokaneschools.org. Lewis and Clark High School, n.d. Web. 08 June 2017.