John Drummond Allison (1921-1943). Courtesy Richard Warren.

John Drummond Allison
1921 – 2 December 1943 (aged 22)
Place of birth Caterham, Surrey
Place of death near the Garigliano River, Italy
Resting place Minturno War Cemetery, Italy
Rank Lieutenant
Unit East Surrey Regiment

John Drummond Allison (1921 - 2 December 1943) was an English war poet of World War II.


Allison was born in Caterham, Surrey, and educated at Bishop's Stortford College and at Queen's College, Oxford. After Sandhurst training, he became an intelligence officer in the East Surrey Regiment. He served in North Africa and Italy, where he was killed in action fighting on the Garigliano. Lieutenant Allison lies in the Minturno War Cemetery.[1]


  • The Yellow Night: Poems, 1940-41-42-43. London: Fortune Press, 1944.
  • Poems (edited by Michael Sharp). Reading, UK: Whiteknights Press, 1978.
  • Collected Poems (edited by Stephen Benson). Bishop's Stortford, England: S. Benson, 1994.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[2]

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  1. CWGC casualty details
  2. Search results = au:Drummond Allison, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 18, 2014.

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