Wilfred HEPHER

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Wilfred Hepher was the 1st cousin of my great grandmother. We found him 5 years after we first came to Martinpuich. He was a carpenter, the son of Jesse and Harriett Hepher, of Swavesey, Cambridge.

Sergeant Wilfred HEPHER was awarded the DCM. The London Gazette on 21st June 1916 recorded his acheivment as being “for consistent good work. He has frequently commanded his section and carried out his duties with skill and determination.”

He enlisted in the Royal Engineers in Uxbridge, Middlesex. He was assigned to the 74th Field Co who were attached to the 15th Scottish Division when they attacked Martinpuich on the 15th September 1916 and liberated the village. We know that he was killed during the attack and that he was buried here. However his grave was lost in subsequent fighting. He is remembered on Thiepval Memorial.