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Private Samuel REEVE

7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment 15922

Samuel Reeve was born in Spratton on 1 December 1896, the third son of George Reeve, an ironstone labourer, and his wife Lydia, both from Spratton.  There were six children born while the family lived in Spratton and two more when they moved to Northampton in 1901. Samuel attended the village primary school and later became a machinist in the shoe trade in Northampton. Four of the Reeve brothers served in the First World War – George, Richard (known as Harry), Samuel and Sidney.  Samuel, George and Sidney all died; Harry was the only one to survive.

Samuel volunteered in October 1914 and was sent overseas to the Western Front with the 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment on 1 September 1915. He fought at the battles of Ypres, Festubert, Loos and the Somme. He was missing after the fighting at Montauban on 17 August 1916 when his battalion moved forward to relieve the Royal West Kents and were subjected to heavy shelling.  They later attacked the quarry at Guillemont.  Fifty men were killed in the raid and 50 were missing. Samuel was one of the missing, presumed dead. He was 20 years old. He was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Samuel is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in France to those missing from the Battle of the Somme.

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Thiepval Memorial to the missing from the Battle of the Somme
Thiepval Memorial to the missing from the Battle of the Somme
Thiepval Memorial to the missing from the Battle of the Somme
Thiepval Memorial to the missing from the Battle of the Somme

MEN WHO SERVED

ADNITT
ARCHER
ARTHUR
AUSTIN
BALDERSON
BALDWIN
BATTAMS
BILLING
BLAKESLEY
BLUNDELL
BOWERS
BRANSON
BROWN
BUCKBY
BUSWELL
CAPON
CATTELL
CLARKE
COOKE
COPSON
CRANE
DICKENS
DICKERSON
DUNKLEY
ELDRED
ELSDALE
ERSKINE
FOWLES
FRANKLIN
FRISBY
GAMMAGE
GIST
GOODEN
GOODWIN
GREEN
HAYTER
HIDER
HIGGS
HOBLEY
HODGE(S)
HODSON
HORNE
HUNT
JOHNSON
JUDD
KENCH
KNIGHT
KNIGHTALL
LEATHERLAND
LEESON
LEONARD
LETTS
LIVESEY
MAINS
MANNING
MANNINGHAM-BULLER
MARTIN
MASON
MIDDLETON (WYKES)
NORMAN
PAGE
PASSEY
PATEMAN
PAYNE
PHEASANT
POWELL
REEVE
RHODES-MOORHOUSE
RICHARDSON
SMITH
SNEDKER
SPEECHLEY
STEVENS
TARPLEY
TARRANT
TAYLOR
THORNTON
TIRRELL
TITE
TREDWELL
TURLAND
VINEY
VOKE
WADHAMS
WARD
WARWICKS
WHATTON
WOOD
WYKES
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