DE BLABY Reginald Swithun
Regiment : 3rd Battalion attached 4th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Service number : R0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 9th August 1916 aged 22
Buried : Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Plot 2. Row A. Grave 73.
Relatives : Son of the Rev. W. G. R. and Selena De Blaby, of Kemberton Rectory, Shifnal, Salop
Memorial : Worcester Kings School War Memorial for School House
Also appears on : Worcester Kings School WW1 Memorial. Worcester Cathedral Cloister Windows Kings School.
Capt., Loyal North Lancs. Regt.
Born July 15, 1894. Fell in France, September 5, 1916.
Reginald de Blaby was the second son of the Reverend W. G. de Blaby, Rector of Kemberton, Staffordshire. He entered the Hostel from the Cathedral Choir School in September, 1906, in the Lower School, leaving from the Fifth Form in 1912 to go to Birmingham University School of Commerce. He represented the School in the First Cricket and 2nd Football XI. He subsequently became assistant manager in the carpet works at Kidderminster, a post in which he was doing excellently when the call of the War came. He won rapid promotion in his regiment and was gazetted Captain just after he fell, when he had received the special thanks of his Brigadier for capturing and consolidating a portion of an enemy trench. The Brigadier-General writes: “He behaved with great gallantry and died of wounds on the 9th after nobly carrying out his duties. All who knew him greatly bemoan the loss of such a good and popular officer. He fell when the ridge was won.” A fitting close to a life of loyalty and duty.
W. H. C.
Source for additional information: The Vigornian, November 1916, No.87, Vol.VIII
A Memorial Service for The Men of Worcester and the Neighbourhood who have laid down their lives in the war was held in Worcester Cathedral on All Saints Day, 1916 at 7.30pm. Lieut. R.S. de Blaby, Loyal North Lancs is listed on the Roll of Honour in the service booklet under Old Vigornians. He is also starred as an old chorister of the cathedral although his name does not appear on the choristers memorial in Worcester Cathedral cloisters.