Reginald Alfred James Reed

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Private

Service No:           24076

Unit:                     14th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment

 Reginald was born in Purton, Somerset in 1898.  He was the first child of  James & Ada Reed, his father was a stay presser. In 1901 the family were living at 1 Midland Road , Twerton, Bath. By the time of the 1911 census the Reeds had moved to 22 Congleton Road Whitehall St George Bristol, Reg now had 5 younger siblings.

The 14th (Service) Battalion (West of England) was formed at Bristol on 22 April 1915, by the Citizens Recruiting Committee, as a Bantam Battalion. In June 1915 it came under command of 105th Brigade in 35th Division at Masham. Adopted by War Office 23 June 1915 and moved to Salisbury Plain August 1915. Landed in Le Havre on 30 January 1916. The battalion was attached to the Army Service Corps.

James was killed in action on 29th October 1917; he is buried and remembered with honour in the St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, Pas de Calais France. Grave Reference III.L.1

Image by kind permission of Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Reginald was awarded The British War Medal &  The Victory Medal.

  

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Long Long Trail

1901 & 1911 UK household census

Wikipedia.