Opal 2 to be renamed ‘Allen Court’

Opal 2As of 1 September 2014, university accommodation building Opal 2 will be officially renamed William Barnsley Allen Court (or ‘Allen Court’ in short) in honour of University of Sheffield alumnus and First World War medical officer, Major William Barnsley Allen.

The new name was suggested as part of a competition that invited all students from across the university to share their ideas as to what the building should be called. The winning entry was made by student Graham Roberts, who proposed the building, which houses nearly 1000 students every year, be named for Major William Barnsley Allen VC, DSO, MC and bar (8 June 1892 – 27 August 1933).

Major Allen studied Medicine at The University of Sheffield, during which he was awarded the John Hall Gold Medal in Pathology (1913), the Kaye Scholarship for the highest marks in physiology and anatomy and three bronze medals. He became a member of the Sheffield University Officer Training Corps before joining the Royal Army Medical Corps a few days after the United Kingdom declared war on Germany.

Major Allen is one of the most decorated British Army medical officers who served in the First World War. He was decorated with four awards including the Victoria Cross, the most prestigious award a member of the British and Commonwealth Forces can receive for valour in the face of the enemy.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the competition and congratulations to Graham for suggesting the winning name.

You can read more about all University of Sheffield student accommodation on the University of Sheffield Accommodation webpages.