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Captain, 1st/7th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

Died 28th March 1918, age approximately 29.

Commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Former member of the University Officer Training Corps.


 

Alan was the son of Albert, a buyer for a wholesalers, of Withington and later Whalley Range, and Esther Tinker. He was born in 1889 at Crewe, educated at Hulme Grammar School (1898 to 1903) and Clifton College, Bristol. When the war broke out he was a cotton manufacturer.

From January 1909 to December 1911 Alan was a member of the University Officer Training Corps. He was gazetted to the Manchester Regiment and his unit was sent to Egypt and then Gallipoli, where he was for a time the battalion Machine Gun Officer. During the first month of the campaign a working party had got lost in the dark and were at risk of straying into the enemy lines. Alan, in spite of the proximity of the Turks, left the trenches to try and find them. Having called out loudly they heard him and were able to make their way back to safety. On 18th May 1918 he received a minor wound to the back from a sniper shot. He was killed in France in March 1918 and remembered by fellow officers as a personal friend, splendid, steady, courageous, clever and attentive to his men. He left effects worth £161 1s 4d to his father.