No.5836852, Private, Reginald Hugh RAWLINGS
8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
Reginald Hugh Rawlings was born on 12th June 1917 (3rd qtr 1917 Bury St.Edmunds 4a:1331) son of Percy and Ada RAWLINGS(née WALLACE)
In the 1939 register he was a bricklayer, living at Bury Road, Barrow with his father [1-5-1891] a builder; mother [27-7-1887] and brother Guy [28-8-1923] a carpenter. There is one closed record.
He maried Lydia (Lily) Frazar WILLS in 1940. Their daughter Jean Pamela was born 5th April 1941 - died December 2005.
The battalion was in action in Sicily, at Primosole Bridge over the Simeto River, against crack German Parachutists and lost a great number of men, so many that soon after the 8th
and 6th battalions were merged to form a composite battalion. the three DLI battalion lost over 500 killed, wounded or missing during this battle
also commemorated on a stone in Horringer (St.Leonard's) Churchyard.
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