• Christina Drummond

Second Lieutenant Reginald (William) W. Wells, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Second Lieutenant Reginald (William) W. Wells, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, died on the Somme. Before the outbreak of war he had attended Wadham College, Oxford, and worked for a building firm. He had joined the Army Service Corps (the Royal prefix was not used until late 1918) as a private in 1915, was commissioned into the East Surrey Regiment in May of 1917, and was present at the Battle of Arras and the Battle of Polygon Wood. Second Lieutenant Wells was reported as missing in action, presumed killed, during the run-up to the Battle of Broodseinde, near Ypres. He is commemorated on the parish church war memorial in the All Saints’ churchyard in Plumpton Green and on the roll of honour inside the church, as well as on the Tyne Cot Memorial at West-Vlaanderen in Belgium. William, from Plumpton in Sussex, was 23 years old.

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