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Lieutenant William Kingsley Reynolds (1909)


Lieutenant William Kingsley Reynolds (1909)


3rd (Reserve) Battalion, attached to 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment.

William Reynolds, born on 4th November 1890 in Blaby, Leicestershire, was the only son of William George Waterhouse Reynolds and Ida Maud, née Roberts, of Birstall Holt, Leicester.

He was educated at Rugby School, coming up to Merton in 1909. After university he entered Gray's Inn, intending to go to the Bar, but, on the death of an uncle, joined his father in the family firm, Waterhouse, Reynolds & Co., Leicester, and worked with him until the outbreak of war.

He enlisted on 3rd September 1914, and was gazetted to the 6th Battalion, The Leicestershire Regiment in October, subsequently transferring to the 3rd Battalion. He went to Flanders, attached to the 1st Battalion, in April 1915.

On 10th September 1915, when under heavy shell-fire at Wieltje, near Ypres, he went to the assistance of a sergeant who was wounded, and was himself killed by a shell, aged 24. He is buried at Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West Flanders, Belgium.


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