Alan Richard Blunden (1882–1914) was Private (6273) 1st Battalion, the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. He died in action on 14 September 1914, and his death is recorded on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, in the Seine-et-Marne region of northern France.
Alan was born in 1882 in Shenley, Barnet, Hertfordshire. He was the fourth of the five children of Jacob Blunden and Mary Ann Blunden (née Housden). Before the war Alan worked as a market gardener like his maternal grandfather. After he joined the Army his unit, the 1st Battalion, the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, was stationed at Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland on 4 August 1914 before being mobilized for war. He would have arrived at Le Havre, France on 15 August from where he would have been sent to the Western Front. Alan died in action on 14 September 1914, and his death is recorded on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, in the Seine-et-Marne region of northern France. His battalion had been involved in the Battle of the Marne two days earlier, which was a victory against the German Army. Alan was entitled to the 1914 Star, Victory medal and British War medal.
His younger brother, Walter, also served during the war as Gunner (17783), 37 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery in France for four and a half years and 7 months in India. He survived and died in the Isle of Wight in 1952. In addition William Henry Meeks, who had married Alan and Walter’s sister, Emma, served during the war as Lance Corporal (4798), 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. He had enlisted in Coventry, Warwickshire although the family were living in Islington, London. William was not so lucky and he died on 25 October 1914 in Belgium, aged 34. His battalion had been involved in the First Battle of Ypres at the time of his death. He left behind his widow and two daughters. William was commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial.
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By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent