George Lewis Reynolds

Name

George Lewis Reynolds

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

09/04/1917

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
47518
Royal Fusiliers
8th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

GOUROCK TRENCH CEMETERY, TILLOY-LES-MOFFLAINES
F. 2.
France

UK Memorials

Hitchin War Memorial
St Mary's Church Roll of Honour, Hitchin
Not on the Royston Memorial

Pre War

George was a grandson of Mr Darby, Ickleford Road, Hitchin. He was born in Royston, but was a resident of and enlisted in Hitchin.

Wartime Service

George was allocated Regimental Number 3647 in the Royal Fusiliers but was later given the Number 47518 and posted to the 8th Battalion of the Regiment which was in the 36th Brigade of the 12th Division. He was killed in action in France. On the date of his death the Battalion was in support and had plodded up the slope towards Observation Ridge in front of ‘Hamel Work’. The casualties of 42 killed and 119 wounded were not regarded as being heavy in the successful attack which followed. At 10.50am they were digging in on their objective 200 yards from the top of the ridge. The 8th Battalion was positioned just above the Arras/Cambrai Road before the attack at the furthest north of the sector. They were the left support of the Brigade. The men moved off so fast after an intensive barrage that they merged with the assaulting Battalion, the 7th Royal Sussex. The German front line was reached without a single casualty, but two strong-points gave resistance and were outflanked. Brigadier General C.S. Owen wrote to the Battalion Commanding Officer "Please convey my very best congratulations to all ranks who took part in the attack today. They did magnificent work They went forward and carried out their job as if they had been on the practice trenches." He was buried in Row F, Grave 2 in the Gourock Trench Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Mofflaines, south east of Arras in France.

Acknowledgments

Adrian Dunne, David C Baines, Jonty Wild