REYNOLDS, Albert William

No.12062, Private, Albert William REYNOLDS
Aged 27

5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Friday, 2nd November 1917

Born in 1890 (4th qtr Bury St.Edmunds 4a:649) son of Mary Ann REYNOLDS.

1891 census...Aged 6 months, he was at 63 Raingate Street, Bury St.Edmunds with his grandfather James REYNOLDS [61]bricklayer's labourer; grandmother Fanny [59] born Tuddenham; his mother Mary Ann REYNOLDS [24]; aunts Annie [16] and Beatrice [13]; cousin Alfred BULL[3] parentage unknown. All except his grandmother were born in Bury St.Edmunds

1901 census...Aged 10, he was at 22 Raingate Street with his widower grandfather; his mother Mary Ann; aunt Beatrice, cousin Alfred Bull and cousin Violet REYNOLDS [4] parentage unknown.

1911 census...Aged 20 a bricklayer's labourer, he was at 22 Raingate Street still with his grandfather and mother.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds.

Zero hour on 2nd November for the 3rd attack on Gaza was 3 am. The objectives were the Turkish positions from Umbrella Hill to Sheikh Hassan , by the sea. Having positioned themselves in No Man's Land under the cover of a barrage, as soon as the barrage lifted they advanced and quickly reached the first line trenches of El Arish redoubt. The first, second and third lines were cleared, but this left their flank exposed, so they withdrew to the second line and consolidated. Similar operations followed, with the result that Gaza eventually fell on 7th November.

CWGC figures show the 5th Suffolks had 34 killed on 2nd, all bar 5 buried in Gaza War Cemetery.

photo C.W.G.C.

Albert Reynolds is buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Palestine 8:E:7

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