A small grey metal Vesta match case with hinged lid which has fixed to it a colour portrait of Lord Kitchener, the metal case is embosed all over with a geometric diamond pattern, inside the case is a folded newspaper clipping printed with a Casulaty List. Amongst them is the name of the owner of the match case C.W. Allen.
Private Allen fought with 1st Battalion the Gloucestershire Regiment during the First World War. He transferred to the Gloucesters in 1915 from the 2nd Reserve Cavalry Regiment (3rd King's Hussars contigent) with whom his regimental number was 14957, having volunteered in August 1914. The Reserve Cavalry was formed at the outbreak of the war and was composed of seventeen different regiments who were to train and provide replacements for the cavalry regiments in France. Private Allen may have transferred to the Gloucesters when it became clear infantry were more urgently required at the Front than cavalry. Private Allen went overseas on 27th October 1915 where he joined the Gloucestershire Regiment. The Gloucesters were in and out of the front line trenches from late Autumn 1915 until July 1916. On the 14th July 1916, Private Allen was killed in action at Contalmaison.
This cigarette case was amongst the personal effects returned to Private Allen's widow, Annie Allen.