STANNARD, Reginald Herbert George

No.40402, Private, Reginald Herbert STANNARD
Aged 26

Depot, Lancashire Fusiliers
Died of Illness on 5th December 1918

Reginald Herbert George Stannard was born in Pakenham on 20th November 1892 ( Q4-1892 Thingoe 4A:677), baptised in St Mary's Pakenham on 31st December 1892, son of George and Ellen STANNARD (née SIMPSON).

1901 census...Aged 8, he was at Grimstone Road, Pakenham with his father George STANNARD [62] journeyman carpenter; his mother Ellen [32]; sisters Ethel [9] and May [6]; brothers Cecil [2] and Marcus [9 months]; aunt Maude SIMPSON [13]. All were born in Pakenham.

There was apparently a clerical error when is birth was registered, Ellen used her maiden name, which was very quicmkly corrected. however the registration of the marriage of George Stannard to Ellen Simpson has not been found

1911 census...His father having died in 1902, aged 18, he moved to work as a farm labourer at Rymer's Barn, Little Livermere with his uncle Herbert W.SIMPSON [32] farm labourer born Pakenham; aunt Mary Ann SIMPSON [30] born Gt.Livermere, their daughters Maud Annie [9] born Pakenham and Florence M [6] born Gt Livermere and their son Frederick W [3] born Gt Livermere.
His mother (recorded as single) was at The Fen, Pakenham boarding with William FOREMAN [39] married farm labourer born Pakenham. Reginald's sister May was a visitor and sister Alice [9] born Pakenham and brothers Cecil and Marcus were recorded as boarders.

Reginald's pension card shows him still at Rymer's Barn, Pakenham.

His uncle Frederick Simpson was killed in Belgium in 1917 see here.

He enlisted in Bury St Edmunds on 15th November 1915 and was placed on Reserves. On 26th January 1916 he was mobilised but immediately placed on Reserves again. On 26th February 1917 he was mobilised into the 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment but immediately transferred to the 5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers No 40402. At that time he gave his age as 24 years 34 days, a farm labourer from Rymers Barn, Little Livermere, 5 feet 2 inches (157.5 cm) tall, chest 31" to 34" (78.4 to 86.4 cm), next of kin, mother Ellen.

Posted to 1st/5th Lancashire Fusiliers in France on on 2nd July 1917 he suffered a shrapnel wound to the right elbow on 5th September. The elbow was excised at No.34 General Hospital, Etaples and he was evacuated to UK on 28th October 1917, first to Eastern Hospital, Cambridge, then to County of Middlesex War Hospital, Napsbury near St Albans. Posted now to Depot, he was eventually discharged on 5th November 1917 as no longer being medically fit for military service and permanently excused from further medical tests by virtue of the excised elbow and 80% disability. This does make the award of a silver war badge #289628 somewhat superfluous.
He died at West Suffolk Hospital due to influenza and pneumonia.

The day he was wounded, 5th September 1917, his battalion were preparing to attack Borry Farm and Iber.
His unmarked grave was recorded in 1921 as a "Parishioner's Grave", but later received a CWGC headstone. As he is not entered on the war memorial plaque it looks as if his status as a war casualty was not initially recognised.

Reginald Stannard is buried in Pakenham (St Mary's) Churchyard NE of church
also commemorated on the Livermere memorial.

Click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details.