Reginald Cavill

Date of birth: September 1892
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 49206
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: 80th Machine Gun Corps
Battalion: Infantry
Died: 26th September 1918 aged 26 years
Death location: Salonika


Before the War
Reginald was born around the date of 23/09/1892 (calculated from his Service Records) in Freemantle, Southampton to Alfred (1851 – 24/02/1934) and Phillippa Jane Cavill (nee Rundle 1853 – 05/08/1950).  His parents were married on 1st August 1880 at St Anne’s Church, St Andrew’s Parish, Auckland, Durham.

Reginald’s Siblings were:

Alfred b.1881 – d.04.05.1943.  Married Annie Louise Lowe in Southampton in 1910.
Percy R b.1886 – d.13.06.1960.  Married Ethel M Randolph in Southampton in 1913.
Ida Mary b.1882 – d.13.01.1945.  Never married.
William Victor b.1889 – 24.09.1959.  William served in the West Yorkshire Regiment and was awarded the Military Cross in WWI ‘for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in command of a small patrol.  He remained in the enemy’s front line for a considerable time, finally securing a prisoner and important information’.
Stanley b.1890 – d.24.02.1948.  Married Rose Elizabeth Irvine in Southampton on 11th August 1915.  On 26th November 1915 Stanley enlisted in the Hampshire Royal Garrison Artillery.


On the 1891 Census Reginald’s family is living at 13 Milton Road, Shirley, Southampton.  Reginald’s father is a Draper’s Superintendent.

By the 1901 Census Reginald and his family are living at 109 Millbrook Road, Southampton.  His father is now working as a Draper’s Shopwalker and his sister Ida is a Draper’s assistant.

In the 1911 Census Reginald is living with his parents and brother Stanley at 59 Westridge Road, Portswood, Southampton. His father is in the same employment and Stanley is a Clerk for the London and South Western Railway.  Reginald is a clerk in a coal office.

Military History
Reginald was employed as a Clerk when he enlisted into the Rifle Brigade 4th Battalion on 3rd September 1914, in Southampton.  His Service number was Z/2279.   At the time of enlistment he was living at 221 Portswood Road.

Reginald was posted to the Western Front on 3rd February 1915 and in November his unit was posted to Salonika.  They disembarked from Marseilles on 17th November 1915, arriving in Salonika on 25th November 1915.

On 16th May 1916 Reginald was transferred to the 80th Machine Gun Corps which joined the 80th Brigade, 27th Division at the beginning of September 1916.

Between September 1916 and October 1917 the 27th Division took part in the capture of Karajakois, Yenikoi and Homondes.  In 1918 some of the units returned to France and in September 1918 those that remained were involved in the final offensive in Salonika.

Reginald was admitted to hospital on 19th September 1918 with pneumonia and influenza and died on 26th September.  At the time of his death the Machine Gun Corps were involved in the passage of the Vardar River and pursuit to StrumicaValley.

He is buried at the Karasouli Military Cemetery, Grave reference C 608.  Reginald was originally buried on 27th September 1918 at ‘Gamenaji Drevino Road, Greece’ (according to Reginald’s Service records).  Karasouli Cemetery was started in September 1916 and at the Armistice it contained about 500 burials which were from Military Clearing Stations from the Doiran front.  This number was increased when graves were moved here from other cemeteries between April 1919 and December 1920.

Reginald was awarded the 1914 – 1915 Star, the British War and the Victory medals.

He is remembered on the Highfield War Memorial, Southampton.

Researcher: Jackie Chandler
Published.: 24th February 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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