Esperey Street was named after General Louis Franchet d’Esperey who was a French General
… in the Great War who served at the First Battle of the Marne. This battle, which took place in September 1914, is regarded as the first great turning point in the Great War. It was a strategically decisive victory for the Allies as it forced the Germans to a halt and into retreat.
d’Esperey was Commander of the Fifth Army under the overall leadership of Joffre. His career is seen as similar to Allenby. He was blamed for significant defeats in France and was sent to Salonika where he turned out successfully. He forced Bulgaria to surrender in September 1918 and was promoted to Marshal in 1920.
Although General d’Esperey is lesser known than others whose names adorn streets in the area, it is appropriate that he is featured for he worked closely with Foch and Haig at Marne.