5973 Sergeant Robert Smalley Jepson.

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1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.

Jepson was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The Burnley Express reported, BRAVE BURNLEY SERGEANT. CONGRATULATED ON THE FIELD. Sergeant Robert Jepson, son of the late Mr. P. H. Jepson, optician, Burnley, whose sister resides at 37, Merton Street, Stoneyholme, and has won the Military Medal, sends to friends interesting particulars of the presentation of the ribbon of the medal. The other day I had to parade at mid-day to be presented with the ribbon of the medal I have won by the Corps General. I was marched up to the field escorted by officers and men of the regiment, and when I got there I was surprised to see three other regiments and a band. All the troops formed up with me in the middle, and then all the men fixed bayonets, and gave the general salute on the order of the Brigadier. The Corps general, who came in a motor car, got out, and came within two yards of me. Our Divisional general read out what I had done, and the Corps general stepped forward, and pinned the ribbon on my breast. He shook my hand and spoke to me for a minute or two.. Afterwards the troops again saluted and gave me three cheers. Sergeant Jepson was called up as a reservist on the outbreak of war. He was formerly a slay maker at Pemberton’s Trafalgar Works. He is 37 years of age. Sergeant Jepson is connected with Salem Congregational Church.

Sergeant Jepson also served with the East Lancashire Regiment throughout the Boer War 1899 - 1902.