DOWNS Reginald Ernest

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Private Reginald Ernest Downs of Ryhall and his father Ernest both served in the First World War. His father, a former professional soldier who had served in India and South Africa, survived, while Reg was dead just two weeks after arriving on the Western Front and a month short of his nineteenth birthday. Reg was born on 12 May 1899, and enlisted in June 1917, into the Yorkshire Regiment aged 18. He was sent to the Western Front on 31 March 1918, and within nine days was wounded in action. He was taken to hospital and died on 15 April 1918. Reg is buried in Wimereux Cemetery, grave XI.A.2, and is remembered on Ryhall's war memorial.

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  • Ryhall Church interior
  • Ryhall Memorial
  • Ryhall Memorial 2
  • Wimereux Communal Cemetery RR2
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  • R E Downs RR1

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Wimereux Communal Cemetery on Thursday 29th May 2014
By Matt Steele on Thursday 29th May '14 at 1:10pm

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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