HERRIDGE, Reginald

The Feniton History Group are commerating Reginald Herridge who died in WW1

Born : Feniton 1889
Baptised : 25th December 1889
Parents : William and Mary Herridge, Sidmouth Junction.
Married : Ivy Blanch Best – Honiton Q3/1915
Died : 22nd March 1918
Buried : Sery-les-Mezieres Communal Cemetery, France. Grave 8.
1891 Census : 62 Railway Cottages, Feniton – aged 1
1901 Census : Sidmouth Junction – aged 11
1911 Census : Parkholm, West Hill, Budleigh Salterton – boarder aged 21.
Occupations : Railway Porter
Address on enlisting : Budleigh Salterton. He enlisted in Exeter.
Regiment : 7th Battalion, Queens Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment
Rank : Private
Service Number : TF/241343
Notes : The 7th Battalion landed at Le Havre on 27th July 1915. He is buried in Sery-les-Mezieres Communal Cemetery, France, along with four other British soldiers. This is behind German lines in an area that was never occupied by the British until almost the end of the war. The most likely explanation is that he was taken prisoner of war during the German offensive in early 1918, was probably wounded during his capture and subsequently died of the wounds in captivity – possibly at a German field hospital. At the time of his death his wife was living at 8 Holland Road, St Thomas, Exeter. Although he has a Territorial Force reference, he may have been a volunteer as the 7th was a volunteer battalion.

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