Regiment : 8th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps
Service number : A2
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 24th August 1916 aged 21
Buried : Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 13A and 13B.
Relatives : Son of Joseph Charles and Mary Speake, of Areley Kings, Stourport, Worcestershire
Memorial : Areley Kings St Bartholomew's Church WW1 Memorial
Also appears on : Areley Kings War Memorial, surname spelt Speake. Areley Kings School, surname spelt Speak.
Credits : Researched by Adrian Carter.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
Reginald Lester Speak, King’s Royal Rifles is listed in “Stourport Men and the War” – a list of men serving, Kidderminster Shuttle, 19th December 1914.
Reginald Speak was the elder son of Mr and Mrs J.C. Speake of Areley Kings. He joined the army soon after the outbreak of war and went to France seventeen months ago. He was killed in action five days before his 21st birthday. His brother is serving in the Grenadier Guards.
Source for additional information: Kidderminster Times 30th September 1916, Kidderminster Times 7th October 1916, reported with photo.
A photograph of Rifleman R.L. Speake of Areley Kings can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 7th October 1916, available at Worcestershire Archives.
Reginald Speak(e) has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Thiepval Memorial.