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Alan Devitt was born on 12 June 1893 in Wolverhampton, the son of George Albert and Rosa Emily Devitt. In 1901 they were living at 43 Newhampton Road West, Wolverhampton, together with Alan’s sisters Maria and Doris, and brothers Leslie and Dennis. They were at the same address in 1911, together with additional siblings Kathleen and Gordon. Alan had become a clerk for an accountant, a Mr Cecil Tildesley of Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton.

On the outbreak of war, Alan became a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force. He served for two years in France as a despatch rider. He returned to England, only returning to the Western Front as a flying officer in April 1918. On 6 June 1918, an article appeared in the Express & Star, stating that he was missing. It was later confirmed that he had been killed on active service in France on 2 June 1918. The value of his effects was £156 17s. 9d. He is commemorated at the Arras Flying Services Memorial in France.