Douglas Reynolds, Maj. V.C. (1882 - 1916)

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Death: Died in Le Touquet, France
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About Douglas Reynolds, Maj. V.C.

Major Douglas Reynolds, V.C. was educated at Cheltenham College, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. He was commissioned in 1900 with the rank of officer, in the service of the Royal Field Artillery. He fought in the First World War, where he was severely wounded and died on 23 February 1916 from wounds recevied in action. He was decorated with the award of the Victoria Cross (V.C.) on 16 November 1914. He gained the rank of Major in the service of the 83rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

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On 26 August 1914 at Le Cateau, France, Captain Reynolds took up two teams with volunteer drivers, to recapture two British guns and limbered up two guns under heavy artillery and infantry fire. Although the enemy was within 100 yards he managed, with the help of two drivers to get one gun away safely. On 9 September at Pysloup, he reconnoitred at close range, discovered a battery which was holding up the advance and silenced it.

Reynolds later achieved the rank of Major, but was wounded in action, and died in the Duchess of Westminster's hospital in Le Touquet, France, on 23 February 1916.

Major Reynolds is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery in Northern France, while his Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Artillery Museum in Woolwich, London.

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Douglas Reynolds, Maj. V.C.'s Timeline

1882
September 20, 1882
1915
1915
Age 32
Epsom, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
1916
February 23, 1916
Age 33
Le Touquet, France
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Nord-Pas-De-Calais, France