Born November 9, 1850. Attended a cavalry school in Toronto, controlled by one of the "old line" regiments. While at a target shooting match in Peterborough in the fall of 1871 he heard of the urgent call for 200 men to go to Red River (later Manitoba) to reinforce the remnant of the Wolseley expeditionary force, which had been sent west to quell the Riel Rebellion. He and a friend enlisted at Kingston and Portaged and travelled in York boats via Toronto, Collingwood and Port Arthur to the northwest angle, Lake of the Woods. At the angle they were met by James McKay with his outfit of carts and ponies to take their leggage and guns and lighten their journey to Fort Garry (Winnipeg) over the Dawson trail. On reaching St. Boniface, across the Red River from Fort Garry, they found the river frozen but too dangerous to cross. The crossing, however, was made safely in groups of two with each man holding the end of the others red sash, worn with their overcoats.
George Gordon Allen had the distinction of being chosen one of the fifty who formed the guard of honour for Liuetenant- Governor Archibald at the opening of the first Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.
After their arrival at Fort Garry, the Company was moved to the Hudson Bay post at North Fort Pembina, (on the Canadian Side) at the U.S. Boundary as the Fenian raids were causing considerable alarm. Life was uneventful and they used to fraternize with the 17th Regiment at Fort Pembina, Dakota (later North Dakota)
On January 16, 1882, George Gordon Allen was married to Louisa Josephine Stewart in Pembina North Dakota. Louisa Josephine was the eldest in a family of 11 daughters and 1 son.
Of this marriage there were three children as follows:
Jesse Evelyn Louise, born December 12, 1882,(nicknamed Dot which stuck with her all her life because she was small "no bigger than a dot when she was born". Ella Violet was born May 16, 1884. Lucy Elizabeth (called Gyda) was born May 13, 1890
At some time before the marriage of George Gordon and Louisa Josephine, George Gordon had acquired a farm about 6 miles from Emerson, Manitoba and the first two children were born on the farm. Later, he gave up the farm and became Collector of Customs at Emerson, moving into town.