Date of birth: 28th June 1905
Parents: Reverend Percival Edward Battersby and Edith Eliza nee Richardson
Wife: Marguerite Battersby
Address: Highfield, Cliffe Hill, Warwick
Occupation: Electrical Engineeer - employed at Lee Beasley and Co Ltd.
Reginald was born in Chellaston, Derby on 28th June 1905. He was baptised in Chellaston on 20th September 1905.
According to the 1911 census Reginald aged 5 was living at The Grange, Quarndon, Derby with his parents Percival Edward (1878-1954), his mother Edith Eliza (1876-1948), two older sisters, Rosamond aged 10 and Margaret aged 7 and a younger sister Frances 5 months. There were also two domestic servants. Reginald’s father is described as having private means.
Reginald is listed as a student in The Institution of Electrical Engineers Book from 1927-1930. His address is given as The Vicarage, Repton, Derby.
Reginald married Marguerite Woodward (1909-1954) on 24th July 1935 in Little Aston, Staffordshire. They had one daughter also Marguerite born in 1936. According to the 1939 census the family were living at 47 Walsall Road, Sutton Coldfield and Reginald’s occupation is stated as an electrical engineer.
Reginald is buried in London Road Cemetery, Coventry. His wife Marguerite died in Warwick in 1954 aged 45.
Rank & Number: Civilian (Firewatcher), n/a
Date of death: 10th April 1941
Cause of death/Battle: Reginald was a Firewatcher and died in the raid at Warwick Row Shelter.
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in the Communal Grave at London Road Cemetery, Coventry
Commemorated locally at:
Reginald was one of the many civilians killed in the Coventry Blitz. This item in the Coventry Evening Telegraph, 2nd May 1941 was the only notice we have found of his passing (see last paragraph)
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Coventry Evening Telegraph excerpt courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office