Private Reginald Victor Marslen

Date of Birth 4 November 1893
Age at Death 22
Date of Death 19 July 1916
Service Number 266690
Military Service 2nd Buckinghamshire Battalion Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Merton Address 1 Boscombe Road, Merton Park, Surrey
Local Memorial Rutlish School, Merton

Additional Information

Reginald Victor who was born in the last quarter of 1893, his 55 year old father Edwin, according to the 1901 Census was employed as a bookseller’s assistant lived with his 47 year old wife, Elizabeth and their 4 youngest children at 35 Graham Road in Surrey.

The 1911 Census reveals that Edwin and Elizabeth now resided at 1 Boscombe Road in Merton Park with 2 of their children, 23 year old Minnie and 17 year old Reginald Victor who was now employed as a railway clerk. Edwin and Elizabeth had a total of 8 children of whom 7 were still alive with one child having died in infancy.

Reginald Victor enlisted in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry at New Court in Middlesex. Reginald Victor was killed in action when nearly 100 men were either killed or wounded when a shell burst over gas cylinders in the British trenches according to the war Diaries of 0xford & Bucks Light Infantry in July 1916.
He is commemorated at The Loos Memorial.

Reginald Victor Marslen’s service record is not available in Ancestry)

The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay, from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the end of the war.


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