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Belfast Telegraph Newspaper Photograph of Corporal Allan Topping.
Name: Allan Topping.
Service Number: 16020.
Battalion: 15th Battalion.
Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles.
Born: Ballyclare, County Antrim.
Died: 28th September 1918.
Address: 145 Mayo Street, Shankill Road, Belfast
Allan Topping, son of Allan and Elizabeth Topping, lived at 145 May Street, Shankill Road, Belfast.
The 1901 Ireland Census has Allan living at 70 Mayo Street, Shankill Road, Belfast with his mother, father, occupation, General Labouring Man, and three brothers, Robert, 9 years, William, 8 years, Joseph, 4 years.
The 1911 Ireland Census has Allan living at 66 Mayo Street with his mother, father, occupation, Flax Beetler In Mill, brothers Robert, Grinder In Mill, William, Labourer In Mill, Joseph, 13 years, Labourer In Mill. Allan's occupation is given as Labourer In Mill.
Allan joined the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, before transferring to the 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.
He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 5th of October 1915.
Allan Topping was a Corporal in 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, Trench Mortar Battery, 107th Brigade when he was Killed In Action on the 28th of September 1918 aged 22 years.
A local newspaper states.
TOPPING. Cpl Allan Topping, R.I.R (Trench Mortar Battery), 145 Mayo Street, Belfast, killed.
Allan's Soldiers Effects were also left to his mother.
His Will, signed and dated, 12th October 1915 left his Property and Effects to his mother Elizabeth. Intriguingly the following was also wrote. Hospital in England, send a postcard as soon as possible to The Hon Sect Lady Carson Ulster Division Comforts Fund 31 Belgrave Sq London SW and every endeavour will be made to look after you.
A Dependant Pension Application Form shows his mother and father as claimants.
Allan received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914-1915 Star.
He is Remembered at Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium.
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