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Hatherleigh Hero George Reynolds 1890-1916
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

May 19, 2016: George Reynolds died on the 22nd May 1916 from cholera whilst serving with the 1/6th Battalion (Territorials) Devonshire Regiment in Mesopotamia. George was born in Hatherleigh to Henry and Mary Reynolds and was one of four children. The family lived for some time at Turners Essworthy and Bridge Street and then at Fish Market in Victoria Road. George followed in his father Henry`s footsteps as a farm labourer and was last found to be working for a farmer, Henry Blight of Northcott Farm in Black Torrington before joining his regiment as war broke out. According to war diaries at this time, deaths from cholera made up the bulk of the Sixth Devon`s casualties. Round about 24th April the Battalion was relieved from duty in the `Cholera` trenches and were moved to the Reserve Camp, the men were drinking the water from the River Tigris direct, chlorination wasn`t known or practised and there was very little fresh water to be had. It was here that George would also become one of the many to die from cholera. His name is remembered on the War Memorial in Basra as well as here in Hatherleigh.

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