Reginald James Milford

Date of birth:                   1890Poppies
Place of birth:                 Exeter, Devon
Service No.:                     519105
Rank:                                  Lance Corporal
Regiment / Division:   Corps of Royal Engineers
Battalion:                          129th Field Company
Died:                                   31st August 1917 aged 27 years
Death Location:             France

Life before the War

Reginald’s father was Sidney William, who was born in 1861 and died in 1944 leaving a Probate:

“Milford Sidney William of 17 Elm Grove Clystlands Topsham Devonshire died 11 November 1944. Probate Exeter 9 February 1945 to William Milford railway clerk and George Milford railway inspector. Effects £2950 8s 3d”

 His mother was Fanny who was born in 1861 in Down St. Mary and died leaving a Probate:

“Milford Fanny of 22 Grosvenor Road Southampton (wife of Sidney William Milford) died 28 February 1939. Probate Exeter 29 March 1939 to William Milford and George Milford railway employees. Effects £830 7s 8d”

Sidney and Fanny Slocombe married in Devon 1883. Reginald’s siblings were:
Julia Rosina b.1883
Violet b.1885
William b.1888
George b.1893
Frank b.1896

The family lived in Devon as entered on the 1891 and 1901 census returns. Sidney was employed as a Railway Chief Clerk. In 1901, Violet was a School Teacher. Also by 1901, Julia was living with her grandparents, James and Julia Milford, also in Devon.

By 1911, Sidney, Fanny and their son Frank, had moved to Southampton, living at “Kinross”, Grosvenor Road, Southampton. Sidney was now a Railway Superintendent, employed by the London and South West Railway. Julia, Violet, William and George stayed in Devon and were living with their grandparents, James and Julia Milford. Julia and Violet were both Trained Certificated School Teachers while William and George were Railway Clerks. Reginald had moved to Eastleigh, Hampshire where he lived as a boarder at 21, Doncaster Road. He was employed by the London and South West Railway as a Locomotive Erector.

War Service

Name:
  1. J. Milford
Birth Place: Exeter
Residence: Southampton
Death Date: 31 Aug 1917
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Portsmouth
Rank: L/Corporal
Regiment: Corps of Royal Engineers
Number: 519105
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: 129Th Field Coy., R.E.
mont huon cemetary Le Treport France

Mont Huon Cemetary Le Treport France

 Reginald is Remembered with Honour at the Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France.
He is also remembered on the Highfield Memorial, Southampton. However, he is not on either the
Southampton Cenotaph or the Memorial Wall.

 

Researched by Becky Lonergan October 2013.

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