Mr William Henry Allen was born in Lenton, Nottinghamshire in 1873 the son of Alfred Allen and his wife Hannah Selina (nee Hunt). He had five siblings: George Alfred Allen (born 1875), Arthur Archibald Allen (1876 – 1947), Florence (Florry) L. Allen (born 1878), Miriam G Allen (born 1888) and Elsie Allen (born 1893).
According to the 1911 census he was married about 1906 and was boarding in Coventry.
A 38 year old tool maker from Birmingham, England, he boarded the Titanic as a third class passenger (ticket No. 373450 , £8 1s.) His address was given as Lower Clapton, London which is where his parents lived.
According to a Birmingham newspaper, William, of 78 Queen's Road, Erdington, Birmingham, had stayed with his parents in London for a few days before sailing. He planned to get a job in the U.S. whilst staying with an uncle at 593 Eleventh Avenue, New York City. He was the best friend of steward George Hinckley. Hinckley, 35, originally of Derby, had left his job at Birmingham Metal and Munitions Co. Ltd, Adderley Park, Birmingham. It is possible that the two men had worked together.
Allen died in the Titanic disaster and his body was never recoverd.
A suitcase belonging to Allen was recovered from the wreck in 2000. It contained clothes bearing a laundry stamp W. Allen.
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