Private Reginald Allgood, 25595

  • Batt - 2/6
  • Unit - South Staffordshire Regiment
  • Section -
  • Date of Birth - 13/08/1896
  • Died - 21/03/1918
  • Age - 21

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Source: Michael Doyle Their Name Liveth For Evermore: The Great War Roll of Honour for Leicestershire and Rutland.
He was the son of Frederick John Allgood a house painter, born 24th December 1850 in Loughborough, Leicestershire and his wife Mary Ann Allgood (nee Bonser, married on the 7th December 1875 in St. John the Baptist Church, Whitwick, Leicestershire), born 1857 in Whitwick, Leicestershire. Reginald was born on the 13th August 1896 in Whitwick, his siblings were Frederick John, a house painter, born 22nd December 1878, Langley, born 3rd May 1887, Arthur, born 1st May 1890 and Florrie, born 1893, all his siblings were born in Whitwick, in March 1901 the family home was at Leicester Road, Whitwick. In April 1911 Reginald was employed as an errand boy and was residing in the family home at 53, Leicester Road, Whitwick, together with his father, a house painter, his mother and siblings, Frances, a hosiery trade embroiderer, born 19th December 1882 in Whitwick, Arthur, a stone quarry shot firer and Florrie, a hosiery trade embroiderer. Reginald also had the following older siblings, John Henry, born 31st March 1876, William, born 21st January 1878 and Clara Jane, born 19th March 1885, all the siblings were born in Whitwick. Reginald’s father died aged 71 on the 19th August 1921 in Whitwick and his mother died aged 82 on the 18th March 1939 in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire.
Reginald’s Army enlistment documents do not survive, all that is known of his military service is that he enlisted into the South Staffordshire Regiment (Territorial Force), being allotted the service number 25595, and was posted as a Private to the 2/6th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment and with this unit he first entered the theatre of war in France sometime after the 31st December 1915. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
The War Diary records: 21 Mar-18 – Heavy enemy shelling of back areas commenced between 2.00 and 3.00am, also heavy bombardment by enemy of Front and Support Line with High Explosive and Gas shells from 4.00am to 8.00am.
Enemy attacked in mass formation at 9.00am and succeeded in capturing the Front Line and also effected a flank move and got through to Railway Reserve and Battalion Headquarters.
23 Officers and about 600 Other Ranks are “Missing,” including Lieutenant Colonel J. STUART WORTLEY, Captain C. E. L. WHITEHOUSE, (Adjutant), Captain W. A. ADAM, Captain W. A. JORDAN, Captain T. L. ASTBURY and Captain W. S. LYNES, (Company Commanders). The following Officers are missing:- Lieutenant W. T. BUTLER, Lieutenant R. G. BOYCOTT, Lieutenant L. J. SHELTON, 2nd Lieutenant H. P. BUNN, 2nd Lieutenant H. E. SHIPTON, 2nd Lieutenant H. W. GREGORY, 2nd Lieutenant J. A. GEYTON, 2nd Lieutenant R. BAXTER, 2nd Lieutenant F. W. SPIBEY, 2nd Lieutenant C. HAWORTH, 2nd Lieutenant J. H. HICKMAN, 2nd Lieutenant T. A. GOUGH, 2nd Lieutenant G. A. YATES, 2nd Lieutenant J. BONSHOR, 2nd Lieutenant J. RIGBY, 2nd Lieutenant H. E. JONES and Captain W. M. CHRISTIE, ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS.
The Quartermasters Stores and Transport moved from DYSART CAMP at 5.00pm by march route via COURCELLES-LES-COMPTE to DOUCHY where they bivouacked.
Major H. M. C. CURTIS proceeded to the line with details from the Transport Lines, a party of 2 Officers (2nd Lieutenant S. G. MAITLAND and 2nd Lieutenant S. BRADBURY) and 50 Other Ranks, including Band and specialists under training and held a portion of the front line of the Third System of Defence, East of MORY until relieved at 4.00am 22nd.

Source: Leicestershire War Memorials Project.
Coalville Times article - Friday July 11th, 1919


News has been received of the deaths of two Whitwick soldiers – Private Charles Turner and Private Reginald Allgood. Pte. Turner was a brother of Mrs F. James, formerly residing in Church Lane, Whitwick, and he was in the 7th Norfolk Regiment. The official information states that he died on October 10th, 1918, in a field hospital while a prisoner of the Germans, and was buried in the local cemetery at Laudrecies. Pte. Turner enlisted in August, 1914, went to France in 1915 and was taken prisoner in March, 1918.

Private Allgood is the son of Mr and Mrs F. J. Allgood, of 53, Leicester Road, Whitwick, and was in the South Staffs Regiment. He had been missing since March 21st, 1918, and is now presumed to have been killed in France on that date, or since. He joined up in August, 1916, and was 22 years of age. He was an old scholar of the Whitwick Church schools.

Research undertaken and submitted by Andy Murby 23/11/2018

Leicestershire Project Findings
  • Conflict - World War I
  • Cause of death - KILLED IN ACTION
  • Other Memorials - Coalville War Memorial Clock Tower
Research from Michael Doyle's Their Name Liveth For Evermore
  • Unit - South Staffordshire Regiment
  • Cause of death - KILLED IN ACTION
  • Burial Commemoration - Arras Mem., Pas de Calais, France
  • Born - Whitwick, Leicestershire
  • Enlisted - Leicester
  • Place of Residence - 53 Leicester Road, Whitwick, Leicestershire, England

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