Reginald Deahl

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Date of birth: 2nd quarter (April, May or June) 1897
Place of birth: South Stoneham, Southampton
Service No.: 242409
Rank: Private
Regiment: Royal Warwickshire
Battalion: 1st 6th Territorial
Died: 1917 aged 19 or 20 years
Death location: Belgium

 

 

Life Before the War
Reginald’s father, George Edward, was born in Southampton in 1867.  He was the son of Daniel and Fanny Deahl.  Daniel was a Professor of Music who originated in the Rhine Provence of Bavaria and became a Naturalised British Subject.  Fanny was born in Weston Super Mare, Somerset.

In the census of 1881 Reginald’s father George was a musician, aged 14 in that year, along with his 4 brothers and baby sister:

Ernest aged 18

Charles aged 16

Frank H aged 6

Arthur S aged 3

Laura D age 7 months

In 1881 the family were living at  at 5 Maddison Street, Southampton.

George Edward married Gertrude in 1890 in Southampton.  George worked as an Electrician.  Gertrude was born in 1877, also in Southampton.

The census of 1901 shows us that Reginald was living at 67 Denzil Avenue, St.Mary’s, Southampton with his parents and his sister Irene.  The house was shared with another family.

By the time of the 1911 census Reginald is living with his parents and and siblings at 8 Woodside Road, Portswood, Southampton.  George is now employed as an Electric Wireman.  The family had grown and Reginald now had 2 sisters and 2 brothers:

Irene   born 1899

Nora   born 1903

Victor Hylton   born 1904

Leslie   born 1910

One child is recorded has having died.

Reginald’s father died  on 11th May 1949.  On his death he was  living  at  37 Woodside Road, Portswood, Southampton.  Probate was given on 22nd June 1949 to Reginald’s brother Victor and an Insurance Official.  The effects were £367.14.4d.

 

War Service
Reginald enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in Southampton.  His service number was formerly 24252 Som L.I.  He was killed in action and buried at Zonnebeke, West Flanders (West Vlaanderen) Belgium.   He is remembered at Tyne Cot Memorial.

 

Comment received from a family member:
Hi, really interesting to know that a Southampton group is following up on the histories of all the people remembered on the Cenotaph. I am interested in Reginald Deahl. He died in October 1917, possibly at Passchendaele. He was the brother of my grandfather Arthur Owen Deahl. For decades, Reginald’s name was mis-spelt as Deakl, but some other family members got it changed to the correct spelling about 2000. I have two Aunts still alive who remember the impact on the extended family that Reginald’s death had so will ask them and send it in to you. I would be interested in finding out about Reginald myself if you have any info on how to research an individual’s history in WW1, or to work with you if one of you takes this on.Thanks and keep up the valuable work.

 

Researcher: Brenda White
Published: 19th May 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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