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Alfred Frederick Reynolds
Remembered with Honour
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial.
A local history and genealogy page for the Parish of Wimpole.
Badge of The Suffolk Regiment
In memory of
Alfred Frederick Reynolds
Private 17522. 'A Company', 11th Battalion,
Suffolk Regiment
(Arrington)
Died: Wednesday 24 May 1916, aged 22,
during the Battle of Pozieres Ridge
- Lest We Forget -
Born: c1894 Cambridge, eldest son of Albert and Elizabeth Reynolds of 15 River Lane, Newmarket Road, Cambridge.
Enlisted: At Cambridge (December 1914/January 1915).
Regiment: 'A Company', 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment (The 'Cambridgeshire Pals').
Died: Wednesday 24 May 1916, aged 22.
How Died: Died of Wounds incurred during the Battle of Pozieres Ridge*.
Theatre of War: France and Flanders.
I have been unable to establish the direct link between Alfred Frederick Reynolds and his listing under 'Arrington' on the Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial. There were two 'Reynolds' families living in Arrington about the right time so I can only assume there was some family connection.
Alfred Frederick Reynolds is also commemorated on the Guildhall War Memorial in Cambridge. The memorial comprises 15 panels containing the names of men from Cambridge who fell in the Great War 1914-1919.
* Context: A subsidiary attack during the Somme Offensive, and launched on 23 July 1916, the Battle of Pozieres Ridge on the Albert-Bapaume road saw the Australians and British fight hard for an area that comprised a first rate observation post over the surrounding countryside, as well as the additional benefit of offering an alternative approach to the rear of the Thiepval defences.
Alfred Frederick Reynolds
1911 Census (Albert's Family)
15 River Lane, Newmarket Road, Cambridge.
Albert Reynolds Head M 43 Labourer Cambridge
Elizabeth Reynolds Wife M 42 At Home Cambridge
Alfred Reynolds Son S 17 Labourer Cambridge
Frederick Reynolds Son S 16 Labourer Cambridge
Ada Reynolds Daughter S 13 Day Work Cambridge
Alice Reynolds Daughter S 11 Student Cambridge
Violet Reynolds Daughter S   9 Student Cambridge
Harry Reynolds Son S   5 Student Cambridge
Rose Reynolds Daughter S   3 Student Cambridge
Arthur Reynolds Son S   1 At Home Cambridge
The 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment (The "Cambridgeshire Pals")
Alfred Frederick Reynolds enlisted as a volunteer in the 11th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment, sometimes known as the 'Cambridgeshire Pals'. There is a video "Sons of Cambridgeshire" on YouTube about the Battalion which was uploaded by Cambridgeshire County Council in 2017. The 13 minute video includes photographs and battalion history.
The memorial website about the 11th Battalion can be found here.
Mericourt-L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension
Alfred Frederick Reynolds
Grave: I D 7
[Memorial Inscription: "In Loving Memory, From Mum and Dad and Family, Rest in Peace"]
Cemetery: Mericourt-L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Mericourt-l'Abbe is about 6 kilometres south-east of Albert on the road to Amiens. The Communal Cemetery is a little east of the village and the Extension is to the south of the Communal Cemetery.
In the early summer of 1915, Commonwealth forces relieved French troops on this part of the front and Mericourt-Ribemont Station became a railhead. The extension to the communal cemetery at Mericourt was begun in August 1915 and was used chiefly by field ambulances until July 1916, when it was closed until the German advance of March 1918. From March 1918 to August 1918 it was used by units engaged in the defence of Amiens.
There are now 411 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War in the extension. 73 of the burials are unidentified.
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial
The Wimpole and Arrington War Memorial pictured in 2011
© Photographed by Lorraine and Keith Bowdler
The servicemen and women are listed under the Parishes of Arrington or Wimpole
as shown on the Cambridgeshire County War Memorial in Ely Cathedral.
War Memorial research by Steve Odell.
The War Memorial Project would welcome any additional information, research,
photographs or memories of Alfred Frederick Reynolds for this page.
Please contact the website.

This page was last updated on: 15 July 2020.


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