837220 58 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery
Sydney Reeve was born around 1914. He was the son of Charles Walter and Emma Reeve. The family lived at 16 Humphry Road, Sudbury. Sydney had 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Before the war he was employed at Rippers of Hedingham.
Sydney was also a member of the Territorial Army. The Drill Hall was based in Gainsborough Street, and members came from Haverhill every week to join the Sudbury men to train. At the outbreak of war the Territorials were called up immediately. The men from Haverhill were billeted in Friars Street before they and the Sudbury men were due to embark for France. They used the ground floor rooms of No.16-17 Gainsborough Street (opposite the Drill Hall) for cooking and washing.
Sydney died after a short illness aged 25 on 21st December 1939. The funeral was held at St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury and his Union Flag draped coffin was escorted by comrades from his Regiment. Sydney lies buried in Sudbury Cemetery; he was the first to be buried in a special plot that had been set aside for the burial of Sudbury men, who died ‘due to the consequence of war’.
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