Robert Reeve was born on 6 August 1889 at Westhorpe Farm in Wing. He was the son of William Sherard (known as Sherard) and Mary Reeve who farmed at Martinsthorpe Park in Manton. Robert was a member of the Leicestershire Imperial Yeomanry, forerunner of the Leicestershire Yeomanry, for four years before emigrating to farm in Canada, sailing in the SS Tunisian on 10 February 1913. He lived with a Mr H Weldon of Bounty, Saskatchewan until war broke out, when he attested for the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 10 October 1914. Robert came to England with the first Canadian contingent, and finished his training at Shorncliffe Camp. He went to the Western Front on 6 August 1915, and fought in France and Flanders. He was killed behind Hill 60 near Ypres at 0800 on the morning of 2 June 1916, by a trench mortar shell, after ten months in the trenches. Robert is buried near where he fell in the very pretty Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) cemetery, grave IV.A.14. He was 27 and is remembered on the war memorial in Manton.
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