Regiment: 2nd Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment
Budleigh Salterton War Memorial, St Peter's Church War Memorial
Other Memorial: Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord [Google]
Elphinstone was born in Upnor Castle, Kent to Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Morgan Aplin and Annie Campbell (nee Scott).
He attended school in Rochester, Kent, and Lancing College, Sussex, and joined the 2nd Battalion of the Gloucester Regiment in 1913, being promoted to Lieutenant in October 1914. He was wounded in action at Frezenberg Ridge, near Ypres on 9 May 1915 and died at No 3 Casualty Clearing Station in France aged 22 years.
He was complimented for distinguished conduct in the field by the Major General commanding his division. He was buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery in Belgium and is remembered on the Budleigh Salterton War Memorial as well as the brass plaque in St Peter’s Church, Budleigh Salterton.
His brother, Eric Aplin was also killed in the war.
His parents seem to have retired to Budleigh Salterton and lived at Clinton Lodge, Links Road, where Hugh Morgan Aplin died in 1934. Hugh’s wife Annie Campbell, of 20 High Street Budleigh Salterton, died in 1944.
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