Images courtesy of Jim Thompson

Born: 28th July 1926, Ipswich.

Died: 21st April 1945; age: 18.

Residence: Ipswich.


Rank: Guardsman; Service Number: 2724872.

Regiment: Irish Guards, 3rd Battalion – Foot Guards.


Grave Reference:


Becklingen War Cemetery,



Lower Saxony,



The original grave.


Reginald with his sisters Sylvia and Vera

Reginald was one of six children Fred, Vera, Sylvia, Audrey and Peter.

Father: Henry John Catling, born 1885, Dover, Kent.

Mother: Maude Katharine Catling (nee Davey), born April 1895, Islington, London.


Reginald was born in Ipswich and lived with his parents and family at the Roundwood in Victory Road a house that was originally built for Lord and Lady Nelson.

 Reginald during training  with the Irish Guards.

A Victoria Cross was won on the same day of his death from Reginald’s regiment 21st April 1945 north of Reginald’s final resting place.

Edward Charlton, after the not inconsiderable feat of removing the Browning from a burning Sherman tank, carried on fighting even though he lost his left arm.


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