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Reginald Walter Doubleday (1894–1917)

Reginald Walter Doubleday was born at 11 James Street, east Oxford in 1894. He was the son of Richard Dixon Doubleday (born in Wavertree, Liverpool on 12 February 1860 and baptised at St Peter's Church there on 11 March) and Mary Jane Leather (born in Athol Street, Liverpool on 12 March 1862 and baptised at St Peter's Church there on 27 March).

On 25 September 1881 his parents were married at St Peter's Church, Walton-on-the-Hill, Lancashire, where his father was an Assistant Inspector of Weights and Measures, and they had eight children:

  • Richard Valentine Doubleday (born at 22 Perth Street, Everton, Liverpool on 14 February 1883 and baptised at St Augustine's Church, Everton on on 25 March; died aged one in 1884)
  • Harold Doubleday (born at 17 Robson Street, Everton on 14 March 1885 and baptised at St Saviour's Church Everton on 17 June)
  • Ethel Mary Doubleday (born at Burleigh Road, Everton on 11 January 1887 and baptised at St Saviour's Church, Everton on 16 March)
  • Arthur William Doubleday (born in Everton in 1889 and baptised at St Augustine's Church there on 11 September)
  • Isobel Olive Doubleday (born at 11 James Street, Oxford in 1891 and baptised at St Augustine's Church, Everton, Liverpool on 26 December; died aged one near the beginning of 1893)
  • Reginald Walter Doubleday (born at 11 James Street, Oxford in 1894 and baptised at St Clement's Church on 5 August)
  • Leila Muriel Doubleday (born in Cowley on 21 January 1896 and baptised at St Peter's Church, Liverpool on 20 April)
  • Vincent John Leslie Doubleday (born at “The Elms”, Cowley in 1898 and baptised at St Clement's Church on 28 August)

At the time of the 1891 census Reginald's parents were living at 220 Bedford Road, Bootle with their first three surviving children, Harold (6), Ethel (4), and Arthur (1). Later that year the family moved to Oxford when Reginald's father was appointed Oxfordshire County Council's first ever Inspector of Weights and Measures, and at first they lived at 11 James Street, where Isobel was born in 1891, followed by Reginald himself in 1894. The family moved to “The Elms” in Temple Cowley in about 1895, and Reginald's two youngest siblings were born there.

At the time of the 1901 census Reginald (6) was living in Temple Cowley with his parents and his five surviving siblings: the eldest, Harold (16), who was a clerk in a cycle works, Ethel (14), Arthur (11), Leila (5), and Vincent (2). Also living with them was Mrs Doubleday's niece Mary Leather (3).

Reginald attended the Central Boys' School in Gloucester Green, and probably left in about 1906 when he was aged 12.

At the time of the 1911 census Reginald (17) was an assistant manual instructor at a city elementary school, still living at “The Elms”, Temple Cowley with his parents and his five surviving siblings: Harold (26) and Arthur (21), who were printer's clerks; Ethel (24); and Leila (15) and Vincent (12), who were at school. The family now had a servant girl.

Poppy In the First Word War Reginald Walter Doubleday served as an Acting Bombardier in “C” Battery, 83rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 201669) according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but he is rather puzzlingly described as being of the Army Service Corps on the county council memorial.

He died in Belgium on 27 October 1917, aged 23

He was buried at Duhallow Advanced Dressing Station Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (ref. III.A.20).
His family paid for the following extra words to be added to his headstone:

Not on City Honour Roll (as the family lived at Temple Cowley, which was then outside the city)

As well as on this County Council war memorial, Reginald is remembered on the Oxford Central Boys' School war memorial board

After the war

Reginald's father Richard Dixon Doubleday was living at the Victoria Café at 57 St Clement's Street, Oxford when he died in the River Thames near Blackfriars Bridge on 27 April 1928. He was buried in Barnet, London on 30 April (ref. 32079 in 32016). His effects came to £297 17s., and his wife was his executor.

Reginald's mother Mary Jane Doubleday died at Ewelma, France Hill Drive, Camberley, Surrey in 1862 at the age of 93 and was buried at St Michael's churchyard, Camberley on 19 April.

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