Second Lieutenant 17th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Allan Langford was born in Aldershot in 1897, the son of Edwin Charles and Florence Maud Langford. The censuses record that in 1901 his mother Florence was recently widowed with three young children, and was living with her brother Arthur Walton, licensee of the Royal Exchange in High Street Aldershot. In 1911 Allan and his mother were living at Lawn Bank in Prospect Road Ash Vale with his grandmother, Josephine Walton.
The Aldershot News 18 August 1916 reported that Allan Langford had been on the staff of the Farnborough Branch of the Capital and Counties Bank. He received his commission on his 18th birthday, and after a few months training went to France to meet a soldier’s death. He died from wounds received whilst leading his men in a desperate raid on a German trench. The Chaplain discovered him in a trench in the front line in the charge of exhausted stretcher bearers. They carried him to the regimental first aid post conscious and brave. He was sent to hospital at once and died at 9.15am the next day. A cross bearing his name, rank and regiment was erected over his grave.
The Surrey and Hants News 10 August 1916 reported that prayers had been said at St Mary’s Church for him, and that his mother had lately lived at The Nutshell (Prospect Road) and had moved to Surbiton. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives Allan Langford as the son of Edwin Charles and Florence Maud Langford of The Hollies in Ash Vale.
Joseph Walton was Allan Langford’s uncle.
Image courtesy of the Aldershot News