Reginald Beardsley

A Private (6535) in the 72nd Company of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) who died of wounds on 21st May 1916 aged 22. Reginald had previously served with the 13th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters before transferring to the MGC. At the time of his death the 72nd MG Company were in fixed strong points in the 2nd line of defence close to Kemmel and Wulverghem. On the 30th/31st April 12 Officers and men were wounded or poisoned following a German gas attack. He was the son of John and Leila Beardsley of 12 Valley Road in Spital, Chesterfield and is buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery (grave II.B.103). Bailleul was an important railhead and hospital centre with the numerous Casualty Clearing Stations quartered there.

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