Southam in WW1

Centenary Archive

Honouring those who died and all who served


Private Alan George Devenport

The youngest of four brothers, born in 1899, Alan was just fifteen years old when war broke out and his much older brothers signed up. Eventually he too enlisted and he served in 3rd Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry. Despite searches, nothing has come to light of his war and medal record.

Alan survived the conflict and he married Dorothy Powell of Long Itchington in 1936, a woman of similar age to himself. They had two daughters.

In 1939 they are listed in the National Register as living at 22 Daventry Road and Alan gave his occupation as ‘painter and decorator’ and Dorothy worked in the home with ‘household duties’.  They had two lodgers one of whom was Olive Powell, Dorothy’s older, single sister.

The couple lived to a good age. Alan died in 1979 and Dorothy died, aged 86 years old, in 1985.[1]

[1] Family details have been supplied by Norman Powell who is Alan Devenport’s nephew.

Pictured here are (back row): Alfred William, Annie Louisa and Arthur John,
(standing by their parents): Albert Henry, Alice Mary (centre), and Alan George standing behind Amy Helen.
Seated parents: Alfred and Louisa.