Alan Fraser Coleman

Alan Fraser Coleman was born in Nelson, Lancashire in 1889.

He was the son of George Worsley and Elizabeth Heyes Coleman.

His father, the Rev George Worsley Coleman, was Vicar of St Augustine's, Tonge Moor, Bolton from 1893 to 1900 and Vicar of St Katharine's, Blackrod from 1900 until his death in 1912. He also served as Chairman of Blackrod Urban District Council from 1907 to 1910

Alan attended Bolton Church Institute from 8 September 1897. The 1901 Census lists him as a pupil at a boarding school in Southport, Lancashire.

He appears on the 1911 Census aged 21 as a boarder in Grassendale, Liverpool working as a 'Chemical Improver' (a sort of apprentice, learning the trade) for a manufacturer of rare metals.

He married Edith King in Gravesend, Kent in 1914.

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Alan's Wars

Alan joined the army as a private soldier in the Manchester Regiment and later in the Royal Fusiliers.

He was commissioned as a Second-Lieutenant in the Lincolnshire Regiment on 25 September 1915 and served in France.

He survived the First World War and completed his military career with the rank of Captain in the Royal Engineers before returning to civilian life.

On Sunday 18 June 1944 Alan and his wife Edith attended a church service at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London, held to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and to give thanks for the successful D-Day landings that had taken place two weeks earlier.

At 11.20 am the Chapel was almost completely destroyed by a V-1 'Flying Bomb'.

121 soldiers and civilians were killed and a further 141 seriously injured in the explosion.

Alan and Edith both lost their lives.

They are both commemorated on the Civilian War Dead memorial in Westminster City Cemetery at Hanwell.

Alan's mother had died in South Africa in 1941 while his brother, the Rev Leonard Worsley Coleman, died in 1943. Leonard's son (Alan's nephew), David Worsley Coleman, died on 15 July 1944 while serving as a Second Lieutenant in Normandy with 6 Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

 

 


Alan Fraser Coleman

Army Captain (Retired)

Born: Nelson, Lancashire 1899

Died: London 18 June 1944

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