Born: 1878, St. Peter’s, Ipswich.

Died: 31st August 1902; age: 24; died of Pneumonia, at Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa.

Residence: 34, Rose Hill, Braintree, Essex.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5469.

Regiment: Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), 1st Battalion.


Clasps Awarded: Belfast, Cape Colony & Orange Free State + South Africa 1901 medal & South Africa 1902 medal.




1881   70, Station Road, Ipswich.


Walter was 3 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

Frederick Charles Reeve, 24, a Railway Signalman, born Stoke, Ipswich.

Emily Reeve (nee Wattling), 21, born St. Mary Quay, Ipswich.

Selina Reeve, 1, born Stoke, Ipswich.

Emily Ethel Reeve, 1 month, born Stoke, Ipswich – died 1881, Stoke, Ipswich.


1891   The Industrial School and Home for Destitute Boys, Chelmsford, Essex.


Walter was 13 years old and an inmate at the Government Certified Industrial School for Boys.


Soldiers’ Effects to Frederick Reeve – father.


Essex Newsman – Saturday, 11th October 1902 – DEATH OF A BRAINTREE SOLDIERMr. Fred Reeve, railway signalman, of Braintree, has been notified of the death of his eldest son, Pt. William Reeve, of the 1st Royal Scots, which occurred at Pretoria, on August 31st, from pneumonia. Pt. Reeve, who was only 24 years of age, had served three years at the front, and went through several engagements. As his time had nearly expired, his parents expected him home. Six days before his death he sent some presents home, and wrote cheerfully, although he had a cold. Pt. Reeve was well known in Braintree, and formerly played the side drum in the Town Band.

The Boer War.

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