Norman Frederick Allen was born on 14 September 1890 in Twickenham, Middlesex, England, the son of Frederick and Susan Gray Allen. The family home was at 5 Victoria Terrace, Western Road, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, and for many years Norman worked in a garden nursery. The family had previously resided at 12 Plevna Villas, Barnsfield Road, Twickenham, at 19 Meteor Street, Battersea, London, and also at Blossom Well Cottages, Langton Lane, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. By 1915 Norman’s father was deceased.
Norman engaged as a second 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 reported for duty on the early 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, or if it was, never identified. Norman Allen was aged 24 years.
He is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted a yearly pension to Susan Allen to compensate her for the loss of her son which amounted to £13-17s-11d (£13.89) which was payable at the rate of £1-3s-2d (£1.16) per month.
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, UniLiv. PR. 13/24.