Oliver Victor Reedman

Extract from the Hunts. County News - dated 27/10/1916.


Died at his post.         Pte. Oliver V. Reedman, Cyclist Corps, att. London Regt., of Little Stukeley, has been killed at the front, and the commanding officer of his company has written to his father expressing the deepest sympathy. He says: "I am deeply grieved that the company has lost such a good soldier as your son, had always proved himself to be. He is buried here in the British Cemetery behind the lines, with his comrades, the officers and men of this Battalion, who have carried themselves so nobly and given their lives with devoted self-sacrifice for their country." After deciding how an attack was made on the German trenches, the officer goes on : " Your son that night was on sentry duty in our own trench with another man close beside him to give support in case of need. Early in the morning a shell burst on the parapet, almost touching him, so that he was killed instantly from concussion. In your grief I hope you will remember that your son died in the noblest manner, on duty at his post. .... Your son came to the Battalion in a draft, and has always been in my company. He, and indeed the rest of the Huntingdon men, have always set a fine example of devotion to duty and cheerfulness on all occasions, so that I count myself fortunate to have them under my command."

 

Reedman - Oliver Victor - 512 in the HCB - came from Little Stukeley - born at Brampton, Huntingdonshire, and enlisted at Huntingdon HQ of the HCB.  He was transferred as Pte. 5733 to the 21st London Regiment where on the 8/10/1916 he was killed by a bursting shell.  He is buried in Louez mil . Cem. Duisans Pas de Calais, France - grave II - G - 2.
The collar badge is yet unidentified [possibly Cambridgeshire Regt.] - it is not a HCB badge.
Oliver Victor Reedman  
Little Stukeley War Memorial photo.

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09/04/2012

. . Martyn Smith