SQUIRES, Reginald Alfred OBE

King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. 25 April 1919

Reginald Squires was the son of Mr William Squires, a crucible maker of 70 Brettell Lane. He was educated at King Edward’s School in Stourbridge and at Reading University College. He enlisted in the Officer Training Corps and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant to the 7th (Service) Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment .He took part in the August 1915 landings at Suvla Bay on Gallipoli but was wounded in his right arm. He was invalided back to England and after recovery was transferred to the 16th Battalion of the KOYLI in June 1917. He was acting Captain by the end of 1917 and transferred to HQ 3rd Army. In 1918 he was appointed Deputy Assistant Provost Marshall and held that post until peace came. He received the award of OBE (Military Division) for his war services. He met his death in April 1919 by accident when his horse bolted and threw him. He was taken to the military hospital at Abbeville where he died the same day with a fractured skull on the 25th April. Captain Reginald Squires was 27 years of age and is buried in Abbeville Cemetery ((V G 43). He is commemorated on the Amblecote, King Edward VI College, Stourbridge, and the Amblecote Institute Memorials.

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Stourbridge Mary Stevens Park

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Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge, West Midlands, United Kingdom

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