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Roll of Honour, 1914-1918

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World War Two

Gunner Reginald Richard Seal

11425020  411 Battery, 124 Lt. AA Regiment, Royal Artillery

Reginald Seal was born in 1923, the son of Arthur and Susan Elizabeth Seal.  The family lived at 81 Ballingdon Street, Sudbury.   Before the war Reginald was employed by Mr. Woods, a butcher in Ballingdon.  He was engaged to Phyllis Palmer.  

Reginald was injured by an explosion whilst bathing off of the East Coast with some of his army friends.  He later died of multiple injuries in Clacton Hospital on 28th July 1943 aged 20.  His Commanding Officer wrote to his mother: ‘We are going to miss your son very much.  He had not been with us very long, but long enough to show that he was a good soldier.  He was highly popular with everybody and was always willing and cheerful and it will be hard to fill his place.  It may comfort you to know he lived well and went leaving a record of which his father and mother may be justly proud.’  

Reginald was buried in Sudbury Cemetery; his older brother who lost his life whilst serving in the Far East and has no known grave was included on the headstone.  

Their mother placed the following in the Suffolk and Free Press:

Do not ask me if I miss them
There is such a vacant place
Can I e’re forget their footsteps
And their dear familiar faces?

                                                               Their loving Mother

Their father died only a few years later in May 1945.

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