Charles Joseph Reason - Allesley

C J Reason

CCCBR Rolls of Honour Details

Rank: Lance CorporalC J Reason Gravestone

Service No: 5451

Date of Death: 30/07/1916

Age: 23

Regiment/Service: Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Bn.

Grave Reference: XVI. C. 29.

Cemetery: CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL

Additional Information:
Son of Charles and Frances Louisa Reason, of Tysoe, Kineton, Warwickshire.

Charles Joseph Reason died of wounds during the Battle of the Somme. He was the son of Charles and Frances Louisa Reason, of Tysoe, Kineton, Warwickshire. He was a member of the Allesley band of ringers and the Warwickshire Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

Charles Reason’s name is recorded on the War Memorials in both All Saints Church and Allesley Village Hall. His name also appears in ‘The Great War Memorial Book of Church Bell-Ringers’ in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Charles Joseph Reason was baptised on the 10th September 1893 at Tysoe Warwickshire. In the 1911 Census he is aged 17 and described as a coal porter living in Tysoe with his parents (his father Charles was from Sheldon Birmingham and was a Vaccination Officer for the Board of Governors). He had at least six siblings.

It appears that he subsequently moved to Allesley. When he enlisted in September 1914 his occupation was given as "Gardener to the Ven. Archdeacon Bree of Allesley" It may therefore be reasonable to speculate that Charles’ bell ringing was, at the least, encouraged by Allesley’s Ringing Master of the time, George Henry Kettle, alongside whom he worked as a Rectory gardener. It is indeed possible that ‘Harry’ Kettle (who himself was killed in 1917) had in fact taught him to ring.

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Both quarters were rung in memory of Lance Corporal Charles Joseph Reason, of Allesley, Warwickshire. Died 30/07/1916 age 22 or possibly 23. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Bn. Service No. 5451. Commemorated at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France, Grave XVI. C. 29. Son of Charles and Frances Louisa Reason, of Tysoe, Kineton, Warwickshire. He was raised in Tysoe, later moving to Allesley to be a gardener for the Rector.

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5024 Rutland Surprise Major
Composed by D W Beard
 1Peter J F Quinn
2 Geoffrey W Randall
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4 Michael Chester
5 Raymon A Sheasby
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7 Simon P Rogers
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 Completes standard eight - 6 600th together - 2 & 7
Rung in memory of Lance Corporal Charles Joseph Reason, of Allesley, Warwickshire. Died 30/07/1916 age 22 or possibly 23. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Bn, service No. 5451. Commemorated at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France, Grave XVI. C. 29. Son of Charles and Frances Louisa Reason, of Tysoe, Kineton, Warwickshire. He was raised in Tysoe, later moving to Allesley to be a gardener for the Rector.