Reginald Charles Ewart
m.4/7/1904
Florence Jessie Charlton
b.27/9/1885
 
b. 10/09/1884
Wyke Regis, Dorset
   
d. 26/05/1949 Folkestone
Eight Children
d. 28/04/1977
Ewart
Arthur (Frank)
Irene
Henry (Harry)
John (Jack)
Cyril
George
Leslie Charles

b.

1905(?)

b.

12/01/1908

b.

10/03/1910

b.

05/01/1912

b.

26/03/1914

b.

19/04/1916

b

24/05/1917

b.

03/10/1920

Weymouth
Weymouth
Gillingham
Gillingham
Monmouth
Gillingham
Gillingham
Gillingham
d.1962
d.10 Feb 1980
d.
d. 1996
d. 1968
d. 04/09/06 d. 25/12/05  
Folkestone
Canada
 
Kent
Folkestone
 
Braintree
 

 

Reginalds Birth certificate gives the following details:- Born 27/09/1885 at West End Terrace, Westham, Wyke Regis, Dorset. Father - Arthur or Aurthur (occupation Stonemason) and Mother - Annie (formally Gale).

The army personal document shows Reginald enlisted in the Royal Engineerss (no 10053) at Chatham, Kent on 19th November 1901, aged 18 (?) years and 2 months, giving his occupation as Bricklayer. It is believed he lied about his age to join the army.

During his time in the army he was mentioned in Depatches of Sir John French, 31/5/16, London Gazette 24/2/17, and possibly again in 1926.

He became a Warrant Officer 11/08/1920 and served abroad (Egypt 1928 to 1939). He served at Shoeburyness, near Southend during the war.

He married Florence at Weymouth on 4th July 1904, her address being given as 18 Court Lodge Road, Gillingham, Kent. When he retired from the army he went to live in Cheriton, near Folkestone, Kent.

From a news paper cutting regarding the funeral of Major R.C.E.Hounsell:-

He enlisted in the Royal Engineers at Chatham Kent, and worked his way through the ranks until the outbreak of WW1. He ws a Sergeant in 1915, when he was mentioned in despatches whilst in France. He was promoted to Q.M.S.I. The following year he was promoted to R.S.M. after being mentioned for valuable serice. He was presented to King George V in March 1926 when his Majesty visited Folkestone. The following year he was commisioned lieut. Quarter-master followed by further promotions at periods of 8 and 2 years respectively. He retired in September 1938, but was recalled to service 3 months after the outbreak of WW2. He was discharged after 12 months as medically unfit. He leaves a widow, seven sons and a daughter. All the children served in the Forces. The funeral took place at Cheriton Baptist Church. Family mourneres were R.C.E. Hounsell, A.F. Hounsell, H.Hounsell, J.Hounsell, L.Hounsell and C. Hounsell.

The newspaper probably has some of it wrong. Irene was also present at the funeral. Reginald was presented to the King at Chatham Barracks on 29th March 1926. His commission date was 19th May 1927. Les Hounsell says that his father was discharged when he started losing his sight. There are pictures of this on the photo page.

Click on the photo of the page from "The Sapper" to see the article

The Sapper