Reginald Robert Peel 1889-1915
Reginald Robert Peel was born in Lincoln. He was the son of Alfred Peel and Amelia (nee Robey) who married at Beeston on 2nd December 1885. In 1891 and 1901 the family lived at 28 West Parade, Lincoln. In 1911 Reginald R R Peel was living in London, at the Hampden Residential Club in Phoenix Street. He was a 22 year old Engineer at Printing Works(?).
He moved to Rugby where he was employed in the Drawing Office of Willans & Robinson. He enlisted in the Royal Engineers on 24th August 1914 (No. 40636). He was 5ft 8in tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. Lance Corporal Peel had been at the front about three months, with 60th Company R.E. when he was killed in the Dardenelles. He was shot through the chest while carrying a wounded comrade.
A report in the Rugby Advertiser of 25th September 1915 states:
“While at Rugby he lived at 1 York Street. A companion who went out with him, writing to his landlady, Mrs Treen, states that Lance-Corpl Peel was killed on the evening of September 1st. He died a noble death in action. It was a great loss to the section and a great blow to them all. The writer adds:-‘They have just put me on a good job – to look after a searchlight. Will make a good target for the Turks.'”
He is remembered on the Helles Memorial and the Willans and Robinson Drawing Office Roll of Honour and Remembrance plaques.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission record his date of death as 2nd September, but his service record and other records give 1st September 1915.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM