REEVE Charles Edward

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Charles Edward Reeve was born at Belton on the 7 December 1889, the son of Francis and Mary Reeve. Charles, the eldest of three brothers, was just 7 when his father died in a tragic accident. Francis was one of two men killed when they were accidentally poisoned by carbolic acid after opening and cleaning a well in the village in 1897.  Charles was an ironstone worker before enlisting in the Coldstream Guards in November 1916 and served with the 1st Battalion. Charles went out to the Western Front in October 1917 and he died a little over a month later on 30 November in the Battle of Cambrai, a week after Alban Jarman. Both men at one time were bell ringers in Belton. Charles has no known grave and, like Alban, is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial. He is on Panel 2. He is also commemorated in Belton, both on the war memorial and on a memorial inside the church dedicated to the bell ringers. Charles is also remembered on his father Francis' headstone in the churchyard. He was 27 years old.

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  • Belton Church
  • Belton Church interior
  • Belton Memorial
  • Belton Ringers
  • Belton Memorial
  • Belton Memorial 2
  • Cambrai Memorial 1
  • C E Reeve

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Mr Reeve's memorial
By John Stokes on Wednesday 12th November '14 at 1:45pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

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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