|Date of birth:||19th September 1895|
|Place of birth:||Sholing, Southampton|
|Rank / Service No:||Private, 25752|
|Died:||3rd December 1917, aged 22 years|
|Buried:||Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium (Plot XVII, Row J, Grave 17)|
Reginald was the middle one of 3 siblings born to Charles Henry Chester and Hester Ann Durant (nee Tee), who married in 1890.
Charles was a Railway Signalman and was born in Portchester in 1869; he died in Southampton in 1934.
Hester was born in Hambledon in 1870 and she passed away in Winchester in 1955.
The family were living at 71 Kent Road, St Denys at the 1911 Census.
Florence Adeline b. 1893 Portchester d. 1965 Winchester Married Ernest J. Burley in Southampton in 1918.
Gertrude Hester S. b. 1897 Sholing d. 1898 Sholing
Reginald married Amelia Lottie Abraham in Southampton in 1916. She was born in Southampton in 1892 and it is not known when she passed away.
The couple had no children.
The 2nd Battalion had been based in Gibralter when war was declared, and landed back at Southampton in September 1914.
They immediately moved to Lyndhurst, under the command of the 21st Brigade in the 7th Division.
The 21st Brigade landed at Zeebrugge on 7 October 1914, and transferred to the command of the 30th Division on 19 December 1915.
1916 saw the battalion in action at the Battle of Albert and the Battle of the Transloy Ridges.
1917 saw the battalion in action at both battles of the Scarpe and in fighting around Ypres.
Reginald was probably one of seven 2nd Wilts killed when a German artillery shell landed in a back area amongst the battalion, when in support of a New Zealand attack on Polderhoek Chateau near Ypres.
The Cemetery was begun by the 7th Division Burial Officer in early October 1917. It originally contained 26 graves, in Rows A-D of Plot I, but was greatly increased after the Armistice.
It now holds 5,923 Commonwealth WW1 burials, of which 3,579 are unidentified.
Reginald’s headstone reads: “ Thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter. “
|Published:||13th July 2016|
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