Photograph courtesy of Mary Ridd

Born: 1899, Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Baptised: 14th May 1905, aged 5, at Colchester, Essex. Parents: Kate Henrietta & Arthur Harley Backhouse.

Died: 22nd August 1918; age 18; KiA.

Residence: 5, Gippeswyk Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Apprentice at Reavells.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 47458

Regiment: Essex Regiment, 9th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.



Grave Reference:


Meaulte Military Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Arthur Harley Backhouse & Kate Henrietta Backhouse, of 5, Gippeswyk Road, Ipswich.




1901  22, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex.


Reginald was a year old and living with his parents & brothers.

Arthur Harley Backhouse, 32, a Railway Clerk, born Saxmundham, Suffolk.

Kate Henrietta Backhouse (nee Gower), 25, born Maldon, Essex.

Leslie Ray Backhouse, 4, born Maldon.

William Oswald Backhouse, 3, born Stowmarket.


1911   1, Belstead Road, Ipswich.


Reginald was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Arthur, 42, a Railway Clerk.

Kate, 35.

Leslie, 14, an Accountants Clerk.

William, 13.

Kate Winifred Backhouse, 6, born Colchester, Essex.


Soldiers’ Effects to Arthur H. Backhouse – father.

Reginald is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary at Stoke Church, Ipswich.



THE ESSEX REGIMENT 9th (Service) Battalion


One Comment

  • So pleased to know more about my father and also grandparents whom I do not know I ever met as I moved to South Africa with my mother Sheila Backhouse in 1943 where my father, william Oswald Backhouse had gone in 1941.


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