REGINALD JOHN COUSENS

 

Born: 1894, Pepper Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk.

Died: at 10pm, 5th October 1916; age: 22; Died of Wounds – injuries to back and legs received in action on the 30th September Served 259 days.

Residence: Pepper Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk.

Reginald was running the family farm when the war started. He applied for exemption at a tribunal, together with his brother, the tribunal Chairman decided that both could not be exempted and found in favour of the younger man. Reginald requested time to sell livestock or assist his brother in taking over the farm. The Chairman responded that he could not.

Enlistment Details: Location: Lavenham, Suffolk; Date: 21st January 1916; Age: 21 years & 300 days; Occupation: Farmer. Signed up for the Duration of War. Next of Kin: mother – Caroline Cousens, of Pepper Hall, Cockfield. Height: 5ft & 7 1/4ins.

 

Service:

Home: 20th April 1916 – 26th August 1916.

France: 27th August 1916 – 5th October 1916.

 

Embarked Folkestone – 27th August 1916 – Disembarked – Boulogne 27th August 1916.

Posted to 1/4th Suffolk Regiment – 28th August 1916 – service number 2633.

Posted to ‘C’ Company, 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent – 7th September 1916.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 18126.

Regiment: Queen’s (Royal West Kent Regiment), 7th Battalion, ‘C’ Company.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Buried: 6th October 1916.

Grave Reference:

V.D.5.

Puchevillers British Cemetery,

Somme,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John T. & Caroline Cousens, of Cockfield, Suffolk.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   Peppers Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk.

 

Reginald was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John Thomas Cousens, 52, a Farmer – employer, born Lindsey, Suffolk.

Caroline Cousens (nee Baldwin), 43, born Cockfield.

Constance May Cousens, 21, born Lindsey.

Edith Mabel Cousens, 16, born Cockfield.

Thomas Harold Barclay Cousens, 9, born Cockfield.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

 

1911   Peppers Hall, Cockfield, Suffolk.

 

Reginald was 17 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Caroline, 53, a Farmer’s widow – employer.

Edith, 24.

Thomas, 19, Manager of Farm.

1 general domestic servant.

1 housemaid.

 

Reginald’s father, John Thomas Cousens died April 1906, at Pepper Hall, Cockfield.

 

Reginald attended Ipswich School – entered 1906.

 

Reginald’s personal effects were sent to his mother, Caroline via Messrs. Grimwade & Sons, Solicitors of Hadleigh, Suffolk:

Identity Disc, 1 pendant, 7 photos, fountain pen, 1 letter, 1 metal ring, 2 booklets, 1 wrist strap, card on musketry, 1 pair of scissors, insurance card, wallet, 1 wrist watch (broken) & strap.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Caroline Cousens – mother.

 

Probate to Caroline Cousens – mother.

 

Reginald is also remembered on the war memorial at Cockfield, Suffolk.

 

Extra information courtesy of Cockfield Parish Council:  www.cockfield.org.uk/cockfield-war-memorial-project-2014/

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