Reginald Hartley

Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: Totley, Derbyshire
Regiment: Worcestershire
Battalion: 10th
Rank / Service No: Lieutenant
Died: 26th October 1915, aged 24 years
Buried: Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, France (Plot I, Row G, Grave 5)


Reginald was the second of 4 sons born to Tom Curtis and Agnes Hartley (nee Livsey), who married in Chorlton, Lancashire in 1885.


Agnes was born in Salford in 1856 and Tom, an Inspector of Schools, in Manchester in 1859.

Tom died in Bournemouth in 1942 and it is not known when Agnes passed away.



Bernard   b. 1886 Harlesden, Middx   d. 1976 Brentwood, Essex


Sydney   b. 1 March 1894 Worcester   d. 22 February 1930 Peshawar. Was wounded in the throat and died of haemorrhage and shock whilst on a vessel in India.

Norman Curtis   b. 1898 Worcester   d. 20 January 1918 France   see separate story.


Reginald was educated at Bromsgrove School and at New College, Oxford.


The 10th Worcestershires were formed in September 1914 at Worcester, as part of the Second New Army (K2). They moved to Salisbury Plain almost immediately, and became part of the 57th Brigade of the 19th Division.


In March 1915, the 10th moved to Tidworth and were mobilized for war on 19 July of that year.


They landed at Boulogne in the third week of July, and were engaged in various actions along the Western Front almost immediately.


Reginald almost certainly lost his life during the Battle of Poelcapelle, fought around 9 October. This battle brought to an end a series of Allied victories….very little ground was made, and thousands lost their lives in terrible conditions.


His headstone reads: “ Resurgam.”




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th September 2016


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