Born: 1896, Elmsett, Suffolk.

Died: 20th November 1917; age 21; KiA.

Enlistment Location; Ipswich.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 40997

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.

Formerly 1239, Suffolk Cyclist.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War + Territorial Force War Medal.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 4.

Cambrai Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs Emily E. Cousins, of Semer, Suffolk.




1901   Whatfield Road, Elmsett, Suffolk.


Reginald was 5 years old and living with his parents, sister & widowed maternal grandmother.

Thomas Henry Cousins, 38, a General Shopkeeper & Blacksmith’s Shop, born Elmsett, Suffolk.

Emily Ellen Cousins (nee Skippings), 38, born Elmsett.

Hilda Beatrice Cousins, 4, born Elmsett.

Maria Skippings, 74, born Somersham, Suffolk.

1 visitor.


1911   Post Office, Elmsett, Suffolk.


Reginald was 15 years old, a Stationery Apprentice. he was living with his parents & siblings.

Thomas, 48, a Blacksmith – employer.

Emily, 48, a Keeper of Post Office – G.P.O.

Hilda, 14.

Dorothy Lilian Cousins, 9, born Elmsett.

Thomas Rodney Cousins, 5, born Elmsett.


On Tuesday, 1st August 1899, Reginald’s 10 month old sister, Gertrude Constance Cousins drowned in an earthenware pot, about 15 inches in height that was half full of water, and kept in the pantry of the family home. An inquest was held on Thursday, 3rd August by Mr. C.J. Gross, deputy-coroner. The inquest heard that Reginald’s parents kept a shop in Elmsett – one part was his father’s blacksmith business, while his mother, attended to the Post Office business. On the 1st August, Gertrude was playing on the floor of the front room, Emily was attending to household duties in the back room when she was called into the shop by a customber. When Emily returned she found Gertrude head downwards in the pantry water pot. The inquest heard that the infant had frequently stood by the water pot to steady herself. A verdict of Accidental Death was returned.

Reginald’s father Thomas Henry Cousins died 1912, Elmsett, Suffolk.


Soldiers’ Effects to Emily E. Cousins – mother, and sisters – Dorothy L. Cousins and Hilda B. Vince (wife of Louis William Vince).


Reginald is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich.

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Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion:

20th November 1917  

Zero hour 03:00hrs attack along Bonavis Ridge by 12th Division. Tanks had moved up undeserved, three belts of barbed wire were crossed. The 7th Suffolk’s and 5th Berkshire regiment part of the 35th Brigade had rapidly advanced and overrun the Hindenburg trench system. They encountered an obstinate resistance from Lateau wood area from sheltered German batteries where fierce fighting involving infantry and tanks throughout the morning finally took the enemy guns. Up to 30th November where a large German counter attack took place the Battalion would amount 232 casualties.


Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

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