Allan was born on the 10th August 1945 in St. Albans. He then lived in New Cross with his brother Ken, going to Monsons Junior School, the family later moved to Coldharbour Lane, Brixton. There he passed a scholarship to Borough Grammar School.

At the age of 13, he joined the Army Cadets attaining the rank of W.O.2. He stayed with the cadets until he was 21. Allan's ambition was to join the Army when he left school, but his father, quite rightly insisted he take an apprenticeship as a toolmaker. He spent the whole of his working life in engineering until he retired.

Allan met and married Maria, the love of his life, bringing up their four children, Stewart, Tina, Jacky and James, of whom he was immensely proud. They in turn presented him with ten grandchildren and a great grandson. Some of them called him “Grandad Beard”.

After great consideration, Allan joined us in The Ancient Order of Druids in 2010, where we in Lodges 425 and 722 were thoroughly entertained by his ideas and humour. In appreciation of his dedication to the ideals of the Order (friendship, philanthropy, justice and brotherly love), and due to his illness, he was made an Honorary Companion of the Royal Arch Degree, the first and only time this has occurred to our knowledge. This was conferred on him at a special lodge meeting held at his bedside at our local Hospice in the company of Brothers of his Lodges who are proud to have known him.

Throughout his illness, he showed immense courage and kept his wonderful sense of humour, even planning his own funeral and having his sons make his coffin and his family, including his grandchildren helping to decorate it.

May he now rest in peace in that Grand Lodge Above, reserved only for the Worthy.