Ashley Allan was born in Bootle, Lancashire, England on 28 June 1886, the son of William and Mary Ann Allan (née Gliddon). The family home was at 99 Berry Street, Bootle. He was one of 7 children and, like his father, worked for the Cunard Steam Ship Company. The family had previously resided at 27 St John’s Road, Bootle.
Ashley engaged as a third class waiter in the Stewards Department on board the
Lusitania at Liverpool, at a monthly rate of pay of £4-5s-0d, (£4.25). He is known to have served as a steward on previous voyages of the ship. He reported for duty early in the morning of 17 April 1915 before she left Liverpool Pier Head for the very last time and one week later he arrived safely at her New York destination.
He was still serving in the same capacity when the liner began the return leg of her voyage to Liverpool on the early afternoon of 1 May 1915 and he was killed when she was torpedoed and sunk on the afternoon of 7 May, off the Old Head of Kinsale in southern Ireland, by the German submarine U-20. His body was never found and identified.
As a consequence he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. Ashley Allan was aged 29 years when he was killed.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 334.