Reginald Martin Dunsford

Date of birth:                1886
Place of birth:              Southampton
Date of marriage:        Summer 1916
Place of marriage:      West Ashford, Kent
Rank:                               Captain
Regiment:                      Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion:                       397th Siege Battery
Died:                                18th October 1918 aged 32
Death location:            Southampton

Before the War
Reginald Martin Dunsford was born in Southampton in 1886, the son of F A and Bessie Dunsford.

The 1901 census lists Reginald as a scholar at the Dean Close Memorial School, Cheltenham.  The school, founded in 1886, is an independent day and boarding school. Over 120 pupils of the school were killed in the First World War and their names are recorded in the school’s memorial chapel which was opened in 1923.

In 1911 Reginald was working as a Solicitor in London and living at 13 Brunswick Square, St. Pancras.  He married his wife Olga (nee Blackwell) in the summer of 1916 at West Ashford, Kent.

Military service
Reginald served in the 397th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery and arrived in France on 24th December 1917.  By 1917 the Artillery consisted of 1,769 batteries in over 400 brigades with 548,000 men serving.

Reginald died at home on 18th October 1918, cause of death is listed as Septic.  He is buried in Southampton Old Cemetery. Grave Reference 37.F.33. He is remembered on the 1920 Roll of Honour.

Captain Dunsford's grave at Southampton Old Cemetery.

Captain Dunsford’s grave at Southampton Old Cemetery.

 

The inscription on Captain Dunsford's gravestone.

The inscription on Captain Dunsford’s gravestone.

After the war
Probate of Reginald’s will was granted to his wife on 19th December 1918.  Olga applied for her late husband’s medals (Victory Medal and British Star Medal) on 4th February, 1922.  Her address on the application is given as 51 Rue Spontini, Paris.  Olga subsequently remarried in September 1922 to Charles G W S Heaton-Armstrong.  The marriage took place in Kensington, London.

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