Private 8013 Thomas Reynolds

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Killed in Action on Friday, 22nd January 1915, age 27.
Buried in Grave III. V. 8. at Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, Pas De Calais, France.

2nd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 5th Brigade of 2nd Division.

Husband of Mrs Reynolds, of 16, Fountain St., Dudley, Worcs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Worcester, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, November/December 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/195334/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
29 Coppice Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Reynolds (34, Canal Boatman, born Tipton), his wife Sarah J. (32, born Tipton), and their 5 children: Thomas (13, Canal Boatman, born Tipton), Lizzie (11, born Tipton), John (7, born Tipton), Elsie (4, born Tipton), and Emma (2 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
Thomas Reynolds (23, Collier, born Dudley), his wife Nellie (23, born Dudley), and their 2 children: Tommy (2, born Dudley), and George (under one month, born Dudley). It is probable that 2 further children were born: Elsie in June quarter 1912, and William in September quarter 1913.

Personal Data

Thomas's Medal Index Card shows an entitlement to the British War Medal and Victory Medal only, suggesting he landed after 1915. This is obviously wrong as he was killed in January 1915.

There is no record of Thomas Reynolds on the Worcesters' 1914 Star Roll, so he would have arrived after 22nd November 1914. There is a good chance that he arrived with the 2nd Worcesters in the last week of November 1914 when they received 250 reinforcements, to replace the men killed during the First Battle of Ypres.

Action resulting in his death

Still to be researched. Contact me if required.
According to the burial records from Worcesters Museum, Thomas was buried at Festubert, in NW corner of square 26(b) near left hand Redoubt.

Newspaper Cuttings