Alan Edward George Epps

Date of birth: 10th August 1899
Place of birth: Streatham, London
Regiment: Dorsetshire
Battalion: 6th
Rank / Service No: Private, 20585
Died: 21st August 1918, aged 19 years
Buried: A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers, France (Plot 15 Row A, Grave 21/30)

 

Alan was the second of 3 siblings born to Douglas Edward and Rose Olive Epps (nee Townsend), who married in Greenwich in 1897.

Douglas, a farmer, was born in Moreton-in-Marsh in 1866 and he died in Winchester in 1947.

Rose was born in Peckham in 1871 and she passed away in Southampton in 1946.

 

It is not known exactly when the family moved to Southampton, but they lived at 126 Gordon Avenue, Portswood.

 

Siblings

Gertrude Olive   b. 1898 Streatham   d. 1957 Southampton   Married Bruce Carter in Southampton in 1923.

Alan Edward George 

Douglas Donald   b. 1909 Chiddingly   d. 2003 Teignbridge   Married Elsie Bayram in Southampton in 1948.

 

 

The 6th Battalion was formed at Dorchester on 6 September 1914, as part of the New Army K2. They moved to Wareham and were initially attached to the 17th (Northern) Division.

They were transferred to the 50th Brigade of the same Division in March 1915, and moved to Romsey in the May to prepare for mobilisation.

 

The Battalion landed at Boulogne on 14 July 1915 and spent most of the war around the Somme.

 

The village of Flers was captured on 15 September 1916, in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, when it was entered by the New Zealand and 41st Divisions behind tanks, the innovative new weapons that were used for the first time here.

Flers was lost during the German advance of march 1918, but was retaken by the 10th West Yorks and 6th Dorsets of the 17th Division in August 1918.

 

It was during this action that Alan lost his life.

 

The Cemetery contains 3,475 Commonwealth WW1 burials or commemorations (2,263 burials are unidentified).

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 15th July 2016
Updated:

 

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