Photograph courtesy of Greta.


Born: 1899, St. Nicholas, Ipswich.

Died: 17th October 1918; age 19; KiA.

Residence: 5, Henley Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: November 1914.


Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 133618

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps  (Infantry), 25th Battalion.

Formerly 3010, Suffolk Regiment.                                                                                                                                                                    Image from Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury Newspaper – 1918reginald-nicholas-trott


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


The body was exhumed in March 1920, identified by a cross on the grave and reburied.


Grave Reference:


Highland Cemetery,

Le Cateau,



Relatives Notified & Address: Frederick & Emily Trott of 5, Henley Road, Ipswich.




1901   Dining Rooms, 25 – 27, Princes Street, Ipswich.


Reginald was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Frederick Trott, 45, a Refreshment & Housekeeper – own account, born Ipswich.

Emily Trott (nee Fallows), 43, born Chattisham, Suffolk.

May Emily Trott, 17, born Ipswich.

Frederick Walter Trott, 15, a Tool Fitter, born Ipswich.

Grace Mary Trott, 13, born Ipswich.

Harry Egerton Trott, 11, born Ipswich.

Dorothy Mabel Trott, 8, born Ipswich.

1 general domestic servant.

Reginald is pictured in the centre with his family.

1911   Dining Rooms, 25 – 27, Princes Street, Ipswich.


Reginald was 12 years old and living with his widowed father & siblings.

Frederick, 54, a Refreshment and Housekeeper – own account.

Grace, 22.

Harry, 21, a Valet – Domestic.

Dorothy, 16.

1 general domestic servant.

1 visitor.

Reginald’s mother Emily Trott died July 1909, 25, Princes Street, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Frederick Trott – father.

 Reginald is also remembered on the war memorial at Museum Street Methodist Church, Ipswich.


E.A.D.T. – Tuesday, 24th June 1913 – Two youths, George Harridge, aged 14, of 2, Cullingham Road, and Reginald Trott, of Princes Street, Ipswich, were rowing in a hired boat upon the river Gipping about 7 p.m., on Monday, 23rd June, when the boat capsized and they were thrown in the deep water near the Black Bridge. Two lads, named Mason and Milliard, of 32, Riverside Road, promptly rescued the boys from their perilous position. Soon afterwards Police-constable Folkard arrived on the scene, and after fifteen minutes’ artificial respiration effort, was able to take them to Boss Hall Farm, where their wet clothes were removed and dry ones substituted, these being lent by Mr. Jack Laws, the bailiff of the farm.  


A note from the family:  (Greta 2016) “My uncle’s mother passed away in 1909, but I do know Reginald’s death had a powerful impact on my grandfather (Reginald’s brother Fred). Reginald was the youngest child and much loved by his siblings.”


 Machine Gun Corps  (Infantry), 25th Battalion


The Machine Gun Corps were trained to a higher technical standard, capable of stripping down and mending the guns in the field. Nicknamed “the Suicide Club” the crews gave covering machine gun fire in action. The men were always targeted as they supported the infantry. Most machine guns like the Vickers machine gun were heavy and slow to move from fixed positions, making the crews vulnerable to enemy fire.

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