Reginald William Durdle

Date of birth: 1893
Place of birth: Bournemouth
Regiment: East Kent (The Buffs)
Battalion: 4th
Rank / Service No: Lieutenant
Died: 18th September 1918, aged 25 years
Buried: Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, France (Plot I, Row G, Grave 13)



Reginald was the oldest of 6 siblings born to William ROBERT and Alice Sarah Durdle (nee Carpenter), who married in Lymington in 1891.

Alice was born in Lymington in 1866 and she passed away in Weymouth in 1939.

Robert was a tailor and was born in Breamore in 1868. He died in Weymouth on 18 May 1940, leaving £131 10s to his daughter Sylvia.



Reginald William

Sylvia   b. 1894 Windsor   d. 1966 Poole

Dorothy Alice   b. 1896 Bournemouth   d. 1988 Weymouth   Married Leopold Jay in Blandford in 1927.

Caroline Emma   b. 1897 Bournemouth   d. ??

Gladys Lilian Annie   b. 1901 Blandford   d. 2001 Poole   Married Donald J. Richards in Poole in 1969 !

Dora Evelyn   b. 1904 Blandford   d. 1986 Blandford


Reginald married Margery Edith Walkling in Southampton in 1916. Margery was born in the city in 1894, and the couple had 2 children; Reginald would not have seen his second daughter.

Beryl M.   b. 1917 Southampton   d. ??

Rosemary M.   b. 1919 Southampton   d. ??   Married Peter R. Bezer in Southampton in 1942. Living at 8 Wilverley Gardens, Blandford Forum in early 2000’s.


Margery remarried in 1933, to Theodore G. Leeson in Southampton; she passed away in Southampton in 1981.


Reginald lost his life in the Battle of Epehy. The village had been lost on 22 March 1918 but was recaptured on 18 September by the 7th Norfolks, 9th Essex and 1st/1st Cambridgeshires of the 12th (Eastern) Division.

At the time of his death, Reginald had been promoted to temporary Captain.


Plots I & II in the cemetery were made by the 12th Division after the capture of the village.

Plots III – VI were made after the Armistice; the cemetery now contains 997 Commonwealth WW1 burials



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 13th July 2016


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