August Last Post – Commemoration of Passchendaele

Today we commemorated the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).

There were approximately 30 people in attendance, including a small contingent from 1st Knaphill Scout Group and Councillor John Kingsbury. Mrs Ruth Moore sounded the Last Post.

Standard Bearers
Standard Bearers Tom Milne, Sue Stallard and Michael Elliot. Chairman Malcolm Head and Councillor John Kingsbury. Bugler Ruth Moore.

We remembered our Chairman’s uncle, Reginald Percy Head. Born in 1897, he was one of seven children (5 boys, 2 girls) born to Harry and Alice Head. Reg joined the Army early in 1915 and enlisted in the Machine Gun Corps.

Reginald Percy Head
Reginald Percy Head – top right

He saw action on a number of occasions and was gassed at Passchendaele on 11th October 1917. Transferred to a succession of field hospitals, he eventually found himself in an Anglo-American Military hospital in Trier, Germany, after the end of hostilities.

He was medically discharged in 1919 and died of the effects of the gas in 1925 aged 28.

Afterwards we went round to the Trench Experience for a chat and an opportunity to learn some parade basics from Bob, who had come along in WWI battle dress.