FOREMAN, Reginald Alonzo.

10743, Private, Reginald Alonzo FOREMAN
Aged 23

9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Killed in Action on Friday 1st October 1915

He is not named on the Newmarket War Memorial

Born in Newmarket on 2nd December 1891 [ Newmarket 3b:505], eldest son of Stephen William and Miriam FOREMAN (née CHALLICE), of Park Lane, Newmarket.

1901 census...Reginald [9] was at Park Lane, Newmarket, with his father [41] journeyman carpenter born Kirtling, his mother Miriam [36] born Newmarket and his sisters Eva Harriett [14], Ethel Maud [12], Adeline Louise [6], Olive May [4] and Alice Maud [2]. All the children were Newmarket born except Alice who was born in Upend.

1911 census...Reginald [18] was a bakers assistant living with the Godbold family at 106 Selsdon Road, Croydon. His parents, sisters Alice and Olive and a new brother, Aubrey Philip [6] born Newmarket, were living in The Street, Kirtling.

In Q4-1912 he married Rose Edith SMITH,(b.13-4-1891) in Edmonton, and they lived in Wood Green

Back Row: Adeline Louise - Eva Harriet - Ethel Maud
Front Row: Alice Maud - Miriam - REGINALD ALONZO- Stephen William - Olive May

The pension card has his widow at 153 Lower Clapton Road, Clapton with their son Reginald Philip (b. 3-3-1913)

Battle of Loos - 25 Sept. to 14 Oct 1915 On September 30th the 8th Battalion relieved the Irish Guards in trenches captured from the Germans on the 25th in front of Hulloch. The following day there was very heavy shelling by both sides. The British shelling made it impossible to carry out the order to dig a jumping-off trench in front of B Company's trench. For the latter, and the ground in front of it, were constantly under our own shrapnel, as the battery had had orders to prevent the Germans from wiring this ground ! The 9th Battalion had occupied neighbouring trenches on September 30th, holding the sector from Gun Trench to Hulluch Quarries and consolidating the position, under heavy artillery fire.and both battalions, after a few days out of the trenches, moved up again on October 13th. The 9th Battalion, on this occasion, arrived at the German old line at 10.30 p.m.,after having taken nearly five hours to cover about a mile. The 9th Battalion had four killed in 1st October

Reginald was originally buried at Le Rutoire Britsh Cemetery, near Le Rutoire Farm to the east of Vermelles, and re-interred in Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos on 7th October 1919.

The Newmarket Journal of 16th October 1915 stated:- DEATHS - FOREMAN - October 2, killed in action in France, Pte.Reginald Foreman (Royal Fusiliers), eldest son of S.W.Foreman, of Heath Stud, Newmarket, aged 23 years.

© Roy Beardsworth

Reginald is buried in Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos, France..Ref: VII.G.16

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