Reginald Sowden Hanson


Private 235581, 13th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (The Green Howards)

Died 9th April 1918 aged 21

No Known Grave Commemorated Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium

Son of William Eward and Annie Hanson

Lived 157, High Street, Heckmondwike

Reginald was born in Heckmondwike in 1896, his parents; William Edward and Annie Hanson were from Dewsbury. William and Annie (formerly Senior) ran a grocers shop on High Street where they both worked and Reginald’s brother Hubert was at one time working as an Errand Boy for them. Reginald’s father died in 1912 aged 52. Reginald was a Mattress Maker before the war.

He initially joined the Yorkshire Dragoons but later transferred to The Green Howards.

He died in 1918 and his body was never recovered, most of those commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial did not die in major offensives, such as those which took place around Ypres to the North or Loos to the South. Most were killed in the course of the day-to-day trench warfare which characterised this part of the line, or in small scale set engagements, usually carried out in support of the major attacks taking place elsewhere.{PL-066}

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