In Flanders Fields…..Henry Reece

Henry William REECE

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Henry Reece

Henry Reece

Rank: Sergeant [sic]
Service No: 3/11042
Regiment/Service: Northamptonshire Regiment – 1st Battalion
Died: 03/07/1915, aged 33
Cemetery: Quarry Cemetery, Vermelles, France – Grave: A. 28
Memorial Inscription: ‘Their memory shall not be blotted out.’
War Office Information: Husband of Edith M Durrant (formerly Reece), of Grange Road, Geddington, Kettering.

Personal Information

Henry was born to George John & Emma Reese nee Palmer (also recorded as Reece) in 1881 and baptised in Geddington church on 27th November 1881

His marriage  to Edith Mary Forrest  took place in the church in Newton in the Willows on 20th May 1907. She was just 18 and required the consent of her guardian.

Henry Reece signed up on  14th August 1914 and left the village to rejoin his old regiment, the Grenadier Guards, along with others whose names we have already recorded or will record in the days to come. He later transferred to the Northamptonshire Regiment and was promoted first to Corporal and then to Sergeant. He left for France on 8th June 1915 and was killed less than a month later when a shell exploded in the trench. He was initially buried close to the battle line and now lies in the cemetery at Vermelles.

His ‘effects’ from his war service of £8 18s 1d were sent to his sole legatee, his widow Edith, who now had two children to bring up alone.

1891 Census: West Street, Geddington
William Palmer (grandfather); Aged 70; agricultural labourer; b. Geddington
Sarah Palmer (grandmother); Aged 68; b. Geddington
Emma Reese (mother); Aged 30; Widow; laundress; b. Geddington
Henry Reese; Aged 9; b. Geddington
George Reese (brother); Aged 8; b. Stanion

1901 Census: West Street, Geddington
Joseph Holding (stepfather); Aged 36; ironstone labourer; b. Geddington
Emma Holding (mother); Aged 41; b. Geddington
Sarah Holding (stepsister); Aged 7; b. Geddington
Florence Holding (stepsister); Aged 5; b. Geddington
Joseph E Holding (stepbrother); Aged 3; b. Geddington
Thomas W Holding (stepbrother); Aged 1; b. Geddington
Henry W Reese; Aged 19; Ironstone labourer; b. Stanion
George J Reese (brother); Aged 18; boot heel builder

1911 Census: Bridge End, Bridge Street, Geddington
Henry William Reece; Aged 30; ironstone labourer – married 3 years
Edith Mary Reece (wife); Aged 21; b. Pipewell
Gladys Winifred Reece (daughter); Aged 3; b. Geddington
Sarah Forrest (relative); Aged 80; b. Messingham, Lincs.

2 comments on “In Flanders Fields…..Henry Reece

    • We’re always pleased to hear from relatives and descendants of former villagers, thank you for getting in contact with us. Do you have any more information about your great-uncle, Henry Reece?
      Janet & Pam

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