REGINALD FRANK STREET

Reginald is remembered on the war memorial at the Town Hall

 

Born: 16th December 1915, Ipswich.

Died: 8th November 1943; age: 27; Laceration of the brain caused by blast from the gun when it was accidentally discharged whilst engaged in changing the ammunition for night firing, on a Gun Site situated at the Old Cement Works, Danes Hill, Gillingham, Kent. Accidental Death.

Inquest held 10th November 1943.

Residence: 116, Ashcroft Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Policeman.

 

Rank: Second Lieutenant; Service Number: 296566.

Regiment: Royal Artillery, 132 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment.

 

Grave Reference:

X-G. Div.1. Grave 42A.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich.

 

Father: Samuel Archibald Street, born 1883, Bradford, Suffolk. A Post Officer Overseer.

Mother: Florence Edith Street (nee Offord (1st marriage Eyre)), born 1878, Ipswich – died October 1936, at 71, Grove Lane, Ipswich.

 

On the 16th December 1938, at Ipswich, Reginald married Doris Ella Watts, born June 1916, Ipswich.

They had 1 daughter.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939

 

Reginald was a Police Constable, he and Doris were living at their family home – 116, Ashcroft Road, Ipswich.

 

Probate to Doris Ella Street – widow.

 

Reginald’s paternal grandfather Samuel Street, was an Alderman and Mayor of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, in 1926. Samuel was born in 1856, Manchester, Lancashire, and served his apprentice with George Lawson, a draper and tailor, at Grimsby, Lincolnshire. He set up his own clothier & hatter’s business at 93, St. John Street, Bury St. Edmunds, then later a gent’s outfitter, at Risbygate Street, Bury St. Edmunds. He died 1943, at Bury St. Edmunds.

 

Bury Free Press – 20th November 1943

THE LATE LIEUT. STREET

Much regret has been occasioned by the death while on duty of Sec.-Lieut. Reginald Frank Street, of Ipswich, and grandson of Mrs. Street and the Alderman S. Street of Bury St. Edmund’s. He was 27 years of age and before joining up was in the Ipswich Police Force, a large number of the members of which, with the Chief Constable attended the funeral at Ipswich on Saturday, and formed a guard of honour and also carried the coffin, which was covered with the Union Jack. Prior to the interment a service was conducted by the Rev. W.A. Gray (vicar of Holy Trinity) in the New Cemetery chapel. Mr. R.E. Willis at the organ, played “O rest in the Lord” (Mendelssohn) and “In memoriam” (Gray). Family mourners were the widow, Mr. S.A. Street (father), and Mrs. Street, Mr. S.A. Street (brother), Mrs. H.W. Mills (aunt), Mr. F.W. Street (uncle), Mr. and Mrs. Watts, Mr. R.S. Watts, Mr. Peter Mills (cousin), Mr. Henry E. Wilton, Mr. C.W. Airey and Mrs. H.J. Youngs, Mrs. Street and Miss M. Street were unable to attend from Bury St. Edmund’s. Among the many floral tributes were those from all ranks of the Ipswich Borough Police; the widow; “Aunty Maud and Grannie,” and the C.O. and Officers of the Regiment.

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