Reginald Thomas Brown

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Wiltshire
Battalion: 2nd (“C” Company)
Rank / Service No: Private, 3/9978
Died: 8 July 1916, aged 21 years
Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, France

 

Reginald was the eldest of 3 siblings born to Edgar Thomas and Minnie Brown, who married in Southampton in 1894 (although there is no proof of this union other than Census returns).

Both Edgar and Minnie were born in the city, Edgar on 31 December 1871 and Minnie in 1874. It is not known when they both passed away.

The family is shown as living at 72 Northam Road, and at 117 Radcliffe Road, Northam at the 1911 Census.

 

Siblings

Reginald Thomas

Clifford Adolphus   b. 1903 Southampton   d. 1977 Southampton   Married Emily E. Noyce in Southampton in 1931.

Mabel Josephine   b. 1909 Southampton   d. 1988 Southampton   Married Joseph S. Rogers in Southampton in 1934.

 

The 2nd Battalion Wiltshires 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 1 July 1916, 13 divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an attack on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt.

Despite a preliminary 7-day bombardment, the Germans put up heavy resistance and Commonwealth losses were catastrophic.

There followed more attacks and counter-attacks with battles for every village or woodland.

Thiepval had been an original target on 1 July, and it was finally captured at the end of September 1916.

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 2nd June 2016
Updated:

 

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