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Almost nothing is known about Reginald. The family history website, FreeBMD, notes that he was born in Stockport in 1898 and Regimental records, published after the War, indicate he was living in the town, when he enlisted into the army at Chester.

His army number indicates that Reginald originally joined one of the Regiment’s “service battalions” (newly formed for the duration of the war only). Several of these were disbanded in the spring of 1918 and this will be when he was transferred to the 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion.

On 8th August 1918, the Allies launched an attack on German forces near Amiens that would end the War three months later. The “100 Days” as it became known would prove a period of very hard fighting as the Germans undertook a fighting retreat.

In early September 1918, the British had pushed forward around the French town of Cambrai. On the 9th, Reginald and his comrades went into the front line again, taking over from a Battalion of Irish Guards, near the village of Moeuvres. The next day, the Germans attacked their position mainly using grenades, but were driven off.
On several occasions during the 11th September 1918, the Germans tried to dislodge the North Lancashires with more grenade attacks, but without success. At about 6.15pm, British artillery opened up a barrage of the German positions. The North Lancashires left their trenches and successfully attacked the German trench. They established a position just east of the Canal du Nord. Six men, including Reginald had been killed. He is one of the four whose bodies were not recovered and identified. Reginald is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing.

Rank: Private
Number: 29221
Unit: 1/5th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Date of Death: 11 September 1918
Age: 20 (approx.)
Cemetery: Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

This article has been reproduced with kind permission of the Stockport 1914-18 website.

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