Reginald Ernest Campkin


Reginald Ernest Campkin


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Second Lieutenant
London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
4th Bn.


Not Yet Researched


Bay 9.

UK Memorials

All Saints Church, Datchworth
Roll of Honour, All Saints Church, Datchworth

Pre War

Reginald was born in 1891 in Brixton, the only son of Ronald and Minnie Campkin, later of The Limes Datchworth. In 1901 he was living in Stapleford (Jersey Lodge, Bulls Mill), with his parents and his father is working on the grandfather's farm (Waterford Hall Farm 436 acres, employing 12) Attended Hertford Grammar School from 1904 - 1906. The family have not yet been found in the 1911 census Hilda Hargreaves was living in Merton in 1911. In late 1912 he married Hilda Hargreaves in St Marylebone but she is not given as his next of kin in army records. At his marriage, he was recorded as a Theatrical manager and that his father was an engineer. Hilda's father was a doctor. Son John born in 1913 and daughter in 1915. Hilda appears to have remarried rather quickly in late 1918, which is why her name is not given in army records, perhaps?

Wartime Service

Probably enlisted in late 1916 as private 765220 and appears he was commissioned (probably in the field) 27.11.17 into 3rd Bn London Regt, and then transferred to 4th Bn. He may have had some OTC training from his years at Hertford Grammar School which qualified him for a commission.

Additional Information

He appears to have a home address of at Bedford Park Middlesex when he died. This might be his parents address, however this was recorded after his death as The Limes, Datchworth, Herts. His mother is later referred to as a widow living at 80 Lyndhurst Rd


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