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Private Charles Jepps died 28-10-1916 age 20

On the Upavon War Memorial, Charles is said to be in the Somerset Light Infantry, the only C Jepps I can find with a link to Upavon is the following:

Charles Jepps was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire in the first quarter of 1896, he was born to Charles and Fanny Jepps, Charles was the youngest of 7 Children, 3 boys, William (b 1881), Abraham (b.1891) and Charles himself, and 4 sisters, Emily (b.1883), Jane (b.1886), Florrie (b.1888) and Sarah (b. 1892). In the 1901 Census Charles’ father was a Postman and his mother, Fanny, was a Greengrocer’s Poulterer, and they are living at 12 Church Yard, Hitchin in Hertfordshire.

By the 1911 Census Charles’ father is in Shillington in Hertfordshire and the rest of the family are at 12 Church Yard, Hitchin in Hertfordshire. Charles’ Father has now retired from the post office and Fanny, his mother, and Jane are working as greengrocers, Abraham is a Fishmonger, and Charles who is 15, is working as a Post Office Messenger.

Charles enlisted in to the Army in Pewsey, this is the only link we can see with this area, he was in the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Charlotte of Wales (Royal Berkshire) Regiment.

At the outbreak of war in August 1914 the 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment were in Jhansi, India. They returned home, arriving in England on the 22nd of October and joined the 25th Brigade in Winchester for a short period of training before proceeding to France to reinforce the British Expeditionary Force, landing at Le Havre on the 5th of November 1914. They served on the Western Front throughout the conflict. In 1915 they were in action at The Battle of Neuve Chapelle, The Battle of Aubers and The action of Bois Grenier. In 1916 They were in action at the Battle of The Somme. In 1917 they fought in The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line and then moved to Flanders and were in action in The Battle of Pilkem and The Battle of Langemarck. In 1918 they saw action during The Battle of St Quentin, The actions at the Somme crossings, The Battle of Rosieres, The actions of Villers-Bretonneux, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battle of the Scarpe and The Final Advance in Artois including the capture of Douai.

Private Charles Jepps 23651, 2nd Bn., Royal Berkshire Regiment, died during the Battle of the Somme on 28th October 1916 and is buried in Thiepval Cemetery.


The information about these people has been taken from Ancestry.co.uk and other websites such as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the information here, we think, is correct, but it may not be, if you know any more information about these people and would like to share it with us please email us at upavonwarmemorial@upavonpc.co.uk.

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