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Research for this blog has been done by work experience pupil Georgina Jones, from Pool Hayes Academy, Willenhall


reynolds-williamWilliam was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of John and Mary Reynolds. He was living with his parents at 42 Prestwood Road, Heath Town, in 1911, along with siblings John, Ethel Winnie and Sidney. William was a warehouseman.

In 1912, he enlisted with the 9th Lancers (number 4064). In the course of his service during the First World War he had three horses shot from under him, but escaped injury himself. Unfortunately, on 26 May 1915, he succumbed to gas poisoning. An article about him appeared in the Express & Star on 26 June 1915. He is buried at Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, and is remembered at the memorial at Heath Park.