9/24/2023, 4:44:1

Harry Epworth Allen - Artist

Harry Epworth Allen was born in the Broomhall district of Sheffield, the son of a steel maker. In 1911 he started work as a clerk at Arthur Balfour Steelworks before enrolling at the Sheffield Technical School of Art. Following the outbreak of the First World War, he enlisted in the Army and was posted to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force where he became an assistant to the Observation Officer, sketching enemy equipment and locations in the field. After being posted to the frontline, Allen was gravely injured saving the life of a superior officer; he lost a leg but was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry.

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