1914-18          Rayne War Memorial       1939-45

In Memory of
Private 42437
1st/5th Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment
Labour Corps
who died on Monday, 20th May 1918.
Age 19.

War Graves
            Casualty_Details :       513590

Personal Information

Date of birth 6th October 1898.

Son of George and Angelina Reynolds, of The Gore, Rayne, Braintree, Essex.

Frank went to Rayne School, being admitted on 1st December 1904, leaving on 11th October 1909 when the family moved. At the time of admission, the family address was shown as Abram’s Farm, Felsted.

Frank was born in Felsted. Other children in the family were Robert, Richard, Sidney, Mabel, Nellie and Lily. Frank would have been the uncle of Robert Reynolds who was killed in action during World War II. From an article published in the Rayne Parish Magazine in October 1914 it would appear that two of Frank’s older brothers, Richard and Sidney also served during World War I.

Frank enlisted at Warley.

Memorial: Grave
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Fouquieres-les-Bethune is a village about 1 kilometre south-west of Bethune. The churchyard is on the right side of the road to Bruay, where it goes through a small industrial estate. The extension stands at the head of 20 steps leading up from the road, overlooking the village.

One British officer, who died in October, 1915, is buried in the Churchyard near the Church door. Earlier and later burials, from May, 1915, to April, 1918, took place in the long row which forms Plot 1 of the Extension, and in April-October, 1918, three further Plots were made between the Churchyard and the road. Many of the burials took place from the Field Ambulances stationed in the village.

The great majority of the graves are those of Territorial Soldiers; 249 of them belong to the 46th (North Midland) Division, which spent three years in the neighbourhood and placed its transport at Fouquieres. During the 1939-45 War No. 9 Casualty Clearing Station was at Beuvry, about 3 kilometres away, in 1940; and burials from this hospital occurred in the Churchyard Extension.

There are now nearly 400, 1914-18 and 30, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. The Churchyard Extension covers an area of 2,448 square metres.

Theatre of War

The 1st/5th Lincolnshire Regiment of which Private Reynolds was member was a Territorial Battalion, and as part of the 46th (North Midlands) Division was stationed in the area around Bethune for almost three years from 1916 to 1918. Fouquieres, where Private Reynolds is buried was the site of a Field Ambulance station. It is probable the he died of wounds received in the fighting in the spring of 1918.