Reginald Edward Grimsdell

Rank Second Lieutenant
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 25/09/1916
Age 36
Regiment/Service London Regt. (Royal Fusiliers) 4th Battalion
Memorial Thiepval Memorial, in the Somme region of France. This commemorates more than 72,000 officers and men who served in the UK and South African forces who died in the area before 20th March 1918 and have no known grave. More than 90% of these men died between July and November 1916. 

 

Reginald was born at 218, Camden Road, London NW1, on 27th June 1880 to Henry William (1848-1921) and Lucy Marian Grimsdell, nee Bryer, (b.1851) and baptised on 24th July at St Mark’s Tollington Park. He had five brothers; Henry (b.1876), Ernest (b.1878), Walter (1883-1978), Roland (b.1885) and Gerald (1889-1918). From a young age he boarded at Alexandra House Boarding School, Broadstairs, Kent and then went to Highgate School.

On 8th June 1910, Reginald married Elsie Muriel Snowden (1888-1923) at Christ Church, Crouch End. They had two sons: Edward Willoughby Snowdem Grimsdell (1911-1996) and Henry Reginald Snowdon Grimsdell (b. 1913) - both being born at 9 Connaught Gardens, between Highgate and Muswell Hill. In the 1911 census Reginald is listed as being an employer and working as a tea and coffee merchant. He was in partnership with Frederick Willats, of Willats & Co of 25 Holborn Viaduct, London. The partnership was dissolved on 21st October 1913.

He enlisted on 19th November 1915, giving his address as Mount View, Dollis Park, Finchley. He became a Second Lieutenant on 21st June 1916. His commission application form included a reference from the Vicar of St John the Evangelist, Brownswood Park, Finsbury Park, who stated that he knew Reginald as the family had attended his church for many years.

After his death, Reginald's wife received a gratuity of £100 and pension of £100 a year and his two children each received a gratuity of £33 6s 8d and a compassionate allowance of £24 a year until they become disqualified, presumably upon reaching a certain age.

His younger brother, Gerald, died on 28th July 1918, from pneumonia, having previously won the Military Cross in July 1916 and being invalided out of the army in November 1917. He too is remembered on the St Paul’s memorial.