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The family history website, CheshireBMD, records that the registration of the birth of William Edward Jepson, at Stockport, between July and September 1890. When the national census was taken in 1901, the Jepson family was living at 23 George Street West. The head of the household was 47 year old Mark Jepson, a mill warehouseman. His wife, Mary, was 40. William was the eldest of three children – he had two sisters Amy (8) and Alice (2).

The Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour records the name of W Jepson as being an employee of the Stockport cotton company Samuel Moorhouse Ltd. He worked at the Company’s Wear Mill on Chestergate. This is probably William.

William originally enlisted into one of the “Pals” Battalions of the Manchester Regiment and was assigned to 19 Platoon, “E” Company, 20th Battalion. The Battalion had been formed in the autumn of 1914, but “E” Company was added in January 1915 and this probably when he enlisted. He saw active service with the Manchester Regiment in France from November 1915. At some point, almost certainly after recovering from wounds or illness, he was transferred to the North Lancashires. This will have been because when he was ready to return to duty, they were in greater need of replacements than the Manchesters. His army number indicates this was not initially to the 2/4th (Territorial) Battalion, but to one of the Regiment’s “service” battalions (formed for the duration of the war). Several of these were disbanded in early 1918 and this was, probably, when William was again transferred.

On 8 August 1918, William started another tour of duty in the trenches. They were to the north west of the French town of Arras. The Battalion’s War Diary records that the enemy raided their trenches but it was “repulsed leaving dead Bosche in our hands”. The rest of the day was spent clearing up the trenches. There is no mention of British casualties but William had been killed.

William Edward JEPSON
Rank: Private
Number: 27189
Unit: 2/4th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Date of Death: 8 August 1918
Age: 28
Cemetery: Anzin-St Aubin British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

This article has been reproduced with kind permission from the Stockport 1914-18 website.

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2 Responses to 27189 PTE. W. E. JEPSON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Mrs Marion E Angel says:

    At last at 78 yrs old I have found this site with details, of my maternal grandfather. My mother’s father who was killed when she was 8 yrs old. I have two letter that were in her ‘special private box’ One letter from his padre telling he was a christian man and helped with hymn books. etc.The other from his CO telling how he was killed by running and saving other, bringing them to safety. Sadly I see no mention of this on informative website. I am however very proud of him as was my mother. It would be my privilege and; pleasure to visit his war grave.

    • admin says:

      Hi Marion,
      Glad to hear you found this information about your grandfather, and thank you for telling us about Williams’ heroic action that led to his unfortunate death. Such events often get forgotten in history, so I am glad this is now recorded for posterity.
      Best regards,
      Paul

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