This article is one of a series about individuals who lived in the city and fought in the First World War.
Ernest Allenby was born in 1880 in Helmsley, in the Walmgate area of the city, the son of Joseph Homes and Sarah A Homes. Allenby married Rose England on 19th September 1904 at St Denys Church in the city and they had three children, Leonard (born 13th February 1906), Olive (born 15th February 1908) and Edna Maud (born 3rd May 1913). All three children were born at 20, Walmgate, and in 1911 he was living at 10, Dundee Street, off the Hull Road in the city.
Allenby was 35 years old when he signed up to join the British Army on 8th December 1915, having never before been a member of the armed forces. He lived at 17, Walmgate and worked as a bricklayer. His military records show that when he signed up he was 5’6″ tall and had a chest measurement of 41.5 inches. He received a medical some months later on 12th July 1917 and the medical officer, J Hodgson, noted that he had a rather severe varix (dilated vein).
He was posted to the British Expeditionary Forces in France on 18th July 1917 as a Lance Corporal and he survived the war, returning to his new home at 25, St. John Street in the city. He was discharged on 25th January 1919. He died in 1953 at the age of 73, the year after his wife, Rose, died. His son Leonard died in October 1993.