Born: 14th September 1891, Ipswich.

Died: 18th February 1919; age 27; Gordon Villa, 21, St. John’s Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk – of Influenza & Pneumonia – would have survived if it was not for his lung wound. Served 3 years & 105 days.

Residence: Hamilton House, Hamilton Road Ipswich.

Occupation: Elementary School Teacher.

Enlistment Details: Date: 6th November 1915; Age: 24 years & 3 months. Height 5ft & 5ins.


Wounded in the Field: 25th September 1916 – Gun shot wound to head, spine, chest & right shoulder.

Discharged to 14, Beaconsfield Terrace, Woodbridge, Suffolk – Right Shoulder – Gun Shot Wound at Les Boeufs, disability permanent. Character – Good.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 42752

Regiment: Durham Light Infantry, 14th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Woodbridge Cemetery,




Relatives Notified: Son of Francis Frederick & Alice May Reeve, of Ipswich; husband of Elforda Alice Reeve, of Hinderter Rector, Norfolk.




1901   29, Silent Street, Ipswich.


Leslie was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Francis Frederick Reeve, 44, a Clerk – Iron Foundry, born Ipswich.

Alice Maud Mary Reeve (nee Friend), 44, born Wenhaston, Suffolk.

Frances Alice Mary Reeve, 19, a Student – Teacher College, born Lynton, Devonshire.

Elsie Emily Reeve, 12, born Lynton, Devonshire.

Robert Bernard Reeve, 4, born Ipswich.

1 general domestic servant.


1911   29, Silent Street, Ipswich.


Leslie was 19 years old, a Student – Elementary Teacher. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Francis, 54, a Clerk – Agricultural Engineers Office.

Alice, 54,

Frances, 29, a Certificated Teacher – Secondary School teacher – Ipswich Town Council.

Elsie, 22.

Robert, 14.


On the 7th August 1917, Leslie married Elfonda Alice Oats, born 1891, Yatton Keynell, Wiltshire.


On the 22nd August 1921 – Mrs E.A.Shaw received her late husband’s British War medal.


Leslie is also remembered on the war memorial at Woodbridge, Suffolk and at Museum Street Methodist Church, Ipswich.

A family note:

Leslie Haydn Reeve was my Great Uncle, after whom I am named. He was the brother of my grandmother, Frances Alice Mary Riches nee Reeve. He died two weeks after the birth of my mother. Sadly his grave at Woodbridge was destroyed by vandals in 2004, but I do have photographs of the grave and a transcription of the inscription that I made in 1982. It was his right shoulder and lung which were damaged and he was unable to raise his right arm above half way.

Durham Light Infantry, 14th Battalion






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