Private Reginald Allan MacDonald

© 2015 Royston Williamson

Thank you to Patricia Brazier for the following research.

Reginald was born in Ramsgate in 1892. His parents were John and Edith.

In the 1901 census his family are living at 9 Nelson Crescent in Ramsgate. Reginald has a brother, Donald aged 11 and two sisters, Irene aged 6 and Hilda aged 3. John, his father, is a manager of a lodging house.

The family are living at the same address in the 1911 census.  Reginald is now 18 his occupation is motor driver. Donald, Irene and Hilda are still at home.  Reginald now has two more sisters, Vera aged 6 and Mary aged 1.

Reginald enlisted into the Army Service corps on 15 June 1915 he was 23 years old and working as a Chauffeur.  He was single and living at 74 Rothes Road in Dorking.  Reginald married Edith Alice Peters on 17th November 1915 at the Parish church of Dorking.  Edith was born in Dorking and worked as a ladies tailor. He remained in England until 2nd February 1916 when he sailed on the SS Treviot arriving in Rouen on 5th February.

Reginald was wounded by machine gun fire from Enemy Aircraft on 23rd April, 1918 and taken to 30 General Hospital in Calais. The sister at the hospital wrote to Edith to tell her that Reginald had been wounded. He died on 5th May 1918 and is buried in Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte on the western side of Calais.

Edith, his widow married Francis Albert Lawrence in Dorking on 8th April 1926. In 1939 she is living in Cleardene Dorking.

Born Ramsgate, Kent
Lived Dorking, Surrey
Son of John and Edith MacDonald of Ramsgate
Husband of Edith Peters of Dorking
Regiment 2nd Division. Mounted Troops Company, Army Service Corps
Number M2/106194
Date of Death 4th May 1918
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Died of wounds caused by enemy aircraft
Age 26
Cemetery Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Bleriot-Plage, Calais, France