Rank: Private 241343
Regiment: 7th Bn., Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Budleigh Salterton War Memorial, St Peter's Church War Memorial
Other Memorial: Sery-Les-Mezieres Communal Cemetery [Google]
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Born in Feniton to William Herridge and Mary (Heaman), Reginald lived there with his parents and two brothers until, by 1911, he was boarding at ‘Parkholme’ in West Hill, Budleigh Salterton, and had a job as a railway porter.
He married Ivy Blanche Best of Budleigh in 1915 but there were no children. His mother Mary died in 1914 so did not have to bear the loss of a son from war injuries. Ivy Blanche Best was born in Budleigh Salterton in 1896, daughter of George Lionel Best and Edith Alice (Tucker). Her father had died in 1898 when Ivy was barely two years old and her mother then married Charles Trayhurn in 1903, who sadly died 10 years later. Ivy was living at Lydonia, Greenway Lane at the time of her death in 1938 and her mother died later in 1943.
Reginald was in the 7th Battalion of the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), and is buried at the Sery-les-Mezieres Communal Ceremony in France along with three of his comrades who all died at around the same date. He is also remembered on the Budleigh Salterton War Memorial and the brass plaque in St Peter’s Church.
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