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Full name and title: Lieutenant Reginald Dell

Full article: Reginald Dell was born in Wells, Somerset in 1887. The 1901 Census shows him, aged 14, living in the family home with his father, Harry and mother, Selina. He is no longer registered with them in the 1911 Census and at some point subsequently, became a resident of Herne Hill. He married Hilda Margaret Fox in Wells in early 1918. However, he was killed in May of the same year. His military records cite his address as 90 Fawnbrake Avenue. Hilda remained at this address for the next 9 years, when she then moved to Deepdene Road. Reginald fought in what was known as the Spring Offensive of 1918. The 20th Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps was formed in March 1918 and fought at the Battle of St. Quentin and suffered heavy casualties at the Battle of Rosieres. In April the troops were withdrawn while they waited for new drafts. However, by this time, Reginald had clearly suffered fatal wounds and died on 5 May. He is buried in the cemetery of Avesnes-Sur-Helpe with the inscription "Here is some corner of a foreign field that is forever England".


Regiment: Machine Gun Corps
Unit: 20th Battaliion
Cause of death: DOW
Rank at death: Lieutenant
Date of death: 08/05/1918
Age at death: 31
Country of death: France
Memorial or Cemetery: Avesnes-sur-Helpe Communal Cemetery
Herne Hill Connection: Unknown
Address: 90 Fawnbrake Avenue, Herne Hill