Lieutenant Colonel Walter Harry Allen
106th (Nova Scotia Rifles) Battalion
I had my suspicions at the time but on account of being very busy did not do anything. Later on it became common talk throughout the regiment. I talked the matter over with my Officers, but as Allen had gone to Canada we decided to keep it quiet. However, his boasting and newspaper talk, and his being appointed to command a Regiment has been too much for us all … I think in the interests of the service his cowardice and conduct should be exposed …
His story was simply a joke.
(Lt. Col. W.T. Marshall, 15th Bn. to Sam Hughes, 4 Jan 1916)
See Part I for Allen’s side of the story.
Read more about Canadian officers’ scandalous conduct in my book.