WILLIAM HAGGER REYNOLDS

Born: 1894, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

Died: 29th March 1918; age 24; KiA. Served 4 years & 221 days.

Residence: 436, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Turner & Fitter at E.R. & F. Turner, St. Peter’s Works, Ipswich.

Enlistment Details: Date: 21st August 1913; Age: 19 years & 8 months; Location: Ipswich; Religion: CofE. Signed up for 4 years. Height: 5ft 4 ins.

Service:

Home: 21st August 1913 – 20th March 1915

Mediterranean: 21st March 1915 – 10th March 1016

France: 11th March 1916 – 29th March 1918.

Admitted to Hospital and transferred to No. 25 Casualty Clearing Station – Gallipoli – 31st August 1915.

Rejoined Unit – 5th September 1915.

Nursing Orderly at No. 88 Field Ambulance – granted 4th rate of pay @ 6d per diem – 26th September 1915 – Gallipoli.

Embarked ‘Minnieapolis’ at Murdos.

Disembarked ‘Minnieapolis’ at Alexandria – 15th January 1916.

Admitted to No. 87 Field Ambulance – Suez – 22nd February 1916.

Discharged – Suez – 25th February 1916.

Embarked at Port Suez.

Disembarked at Marseilles – 20th March 1916.

Attached to Fourth Army Workshops for test – in the field – 19th January 1917.

Rejoined Unit – in the field – 22nd March 1917.

Posted to No. 353 Electrical & Mechanical Coy – 12th April 1917 with the rank of Sapper (Skilled). Reason for transfer – benefit of the Service – his trade a Fitter.

Royal Engineers allotted service number 244970 – 12th April 1917.

Rank: Sapper; Service Number: 244970

Regiment: Royal Engineers, No. 353 Electrical & Mechanical Coy.

Formerly Private, 1860, 1st East Anglian Field Ambulance.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 – 1915 Star.

Memorial Reference:

Panel 10 to 13.

Pozieres Memorial,

France.

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Ernest William & Susannah Reynolds, of 3, Phoenix Road, Ipswich.

CENSUS

1901   Stone Lodge, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

William was 7 years old and living with his parents & brother.

Ernest William Reynolds, 32, a Coachman – Domestic, born Blyford, Suffolk.

Susannah Reynolds (nee Weavers), 29, born Beccles, Suffolk.

Ernest Albert Reynolds, 4, born Ipswich.

1911   436, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

William was 17 years old, a Mechanic – Brass Foundry. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Ernest, 14, a Butcher.

Ruby Janet Reynolds, 9, born Ipswich.

In July 1896, the Reynolds family dog, a black retriever was lost. William’s father, Ernest added a plea for help in the East Anglian Daily Times, he offered a reward to anyone returning him.

On the 8th May 1921, Ernest William Reynolds received his late son’s 1914-1915 Star. On the 18th May 1922, Ernest received William’s Victory & British War medals.

Soldiers’ Effects to Ernest W. Reynolds – father.

William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. John the Baptist Church, Ipswich.

Royal Engineers, Electrical & Mechanical Coy

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