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Reginald Victor Whiteley KILLEEN

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Surname: KILLEEN

Forename(s): Reginald Victor Whiteley

Place of Birth: Hoyland, Yorkshire

Service No: 8074

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Dragoon Guards, 3rd (Prince of Wales’s)

Battalion / Unit: ---

Division: 3rd Cavalry Division

Age: 18

Date of Death: 1916-01-25

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. N. 8.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---



Additional Information:

Reginald Victor Whiteley Killeen was the son of Edward Crofton and Minnie Killeen, née Whiteley. Edward was born at Wakefield and Minnie at Barnsley, Yorkshire. Minnie died in 1920. Edward married Betsy Thornber, a spinster (born Colne, Lancashire, c. 1870), in 1922.

1901 Garforth, Yorkshire Census: Marshalls Terrace - Reginald V. Killeen, aged 3 years, born Hoyland Nether, son of Edwd C. and Minnie Killeen.

1911 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 28, Rupert Street - Regnld Victor Whiteley Killeen, aged 13 years, born Hoyland Nether, son of Edward Crofton and Minnie Killeen.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Reginald Killeen, L/8074, Corps of Lancers attcd 3/D.Gds. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France). Date of entry therein: 5.10.15. K. in A. 25.1.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Reginald Killeen, 8074, Corps of Lancers attd. 3 D.Gds. Killed in Action 25.1.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Reginald Killeen, 8074, 3rd Dragoon Guards. Date and Place of Death: 25.1.16. In Action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and sole legatee - Minnie. £8 18s. 3d.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

KILLEEN, Trooper Reggie Victor, aged 18, 3rd Dragoon Guards, youngest son of Inspector Killeen of Bolton-by-Bowland, killed in action in France, Jan. 1916.


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Private Reginald Victor Whiteley KILLEEN

Private Reginald Victor Whiteley KILLEEN

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Dragoon Guards, 3rd (Prince of Wales’s)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Dragoon Guards, 3rd (Prince of Wales’s)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Cavalry Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Cavalry Division

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Surname: KILLEEN

Forename(s): Reginald

Born: Hayland [sic], Bainsley [sic]

Residence: Bolton-By-Bowland

Enlisted: Yorks, Clitheroe

Number: 8074

Rank: Private

Regiment: Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (incl. Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps)

Battalion: 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales' Own)


Died Date: 25/01/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: KILLEEN

Forename(s): Reginald Victor

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 8074

Rank: Private

Regiment: 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales' Own)


Age: 18


Died Date: 25/01/1916

Additional Information: Son of Edward C. and Minnie Killeen, of Police Office, Barnoldswick, Colne. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: AT DUTY'S CALL THY WILL BE DONE)

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


KILLEEN Edward Crofton of 55 Devonshire-street Keighley Yorkshire died 27 October 1955 at Victoria Hospital Keighley Probate Wakefield 28 November to Constance Mary Killeen spinster. Effects £607 3s. 5d.

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Private Reginald Victor Killeen & his sister Constance Mary

Private Reginald Victor Killeen & his sister Constance Mary

Courtesy of Paula Ann Payne (née Bailey), Barnoldswick

Sergeant Henry (Harry) Valance Killeen (front, second from right), the brother of Private Reginald Victor Whiteley Killeen

Sergeant Henry (Harry) Valance Killeen (front, second from right), the brother of Private Reginald Victor Whiteley Killeen

Photograph taken in 1934 whilst Harry was serving in the 6th Bn Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment, Territorial Army. He served in the Great War, being one of the original members of ‘A’ Coy 10th (Service) Bn Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment). (See View Additional Image(s) for Sergeant Kayley Earnshaw)

Courtesy of Paula Ann Payne (née Bailey), Barnoldswick

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18 September 1914

BOLTON BY BOWLAND – Lord Kitchener’s Army

With the object of helping on Mr. H.G. Tunstill’s effort to raise a company of 100 men in the Settle Division of the West Riding to join Lord Kitchener’s Army, a public meeting was held in the Schoolroom on Monday evening, and in spite of pouring rain there was a full schoolroom. Mr. J. Howorth Massey presided, and was supported by Mr. C.B.E. Wright, Canon Wilson, Mr. A.C. Milne-Redhead, and others. Interesting speeches were made, and many patriotic songs heartily sung, after which Mr. Tunstill appealed for support towards his object. There was a slow response at the beginning, but subsequently the following 14 gave in their names:–Messrs. James Coates, Robt. Singleton, Victor Grubb, Richard Howell, Irvine Clark, R.D. Ellison, Joseph Syers, Geo. Bland, James Wilkinson, Edwin Brotherton, Harold Greenhalgh [Greenhow], James Kayley, Norman Carey, Jno. W. Parkinson. Messrs. H. Frankland and H. Geldard have promised to join Mr. M.N. Wright in the Yeomanry. Mr. H. Singleton has joined the R.A.M.C., and goes to the front at once. Messrs. A. Bleazeard, R. Bleazard, R. Killeen, and G. Marsh had joined the forces some days previously. Major Wilson is at the front, so Bolton-by-Bowland is to be congratulated on a contribution of 23 patriots. On Tuesday evening loud cheers were given as the recruits went out of the village in motor cars to pass the doctor.

11 February 1916


Sad news from the front to Bolton-by-Bowland continues to be received. Inspector and Mrs. Killeen, of the Police Station, have been informed that their younger son Reggie has died for his country. This so soon after the wounding of their elder son, who is now in hospital at Manchester, is a very hard blow to the parents who have the sympathy of the whole district.

Reggie, who is only 18 years of age, joined he 12th Lancers on September 1914, and was afterwards attached to the 3rd Dragoon Guards. He was sent to France early in October 1914 [sic] and has often been in action. He has had a lot of experience in trench warfare, and bomb throwing.

Trooper L. Boyer writes:– “I though it my duty to write and let you know the sad end of Reggie. I feel very sorry, as he was my mate. I am in the same troop and squadron, and he died a hero fighting, and his death was instantaneous. He had no pain. I was only five yards from him when he was killed.”

At the Parish Church on Sunday evening, the Rev. C. Broadhurst made feeling reference to the loss the village has sustained. His text was St. John. ii. 25, ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life.’ He continued “When he who has parted this life is laid to his rest, whether he amidst the roar of artillery, or whether he be in the quiet of our own country churchyard, the first words of the Burial Service are words, not of death, but of life. ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life.’ It does not say I promise to bring the Resurrection of Life, but I am the Resurrection and the Life – not an absolute certainty, which God alone could say. Surely it is as a thought to help us in the hour of sorrow that he whom we loved, losing his life, has gained it. That the boy which fought a brave fight for his country rests in peace, but this soul – his real life – lives in Paradise.”

In spite of an exceptionally wet morning, special constables from Gisburn, Bolton-by-Bowland, and Grindleton attended the service at the conclusion of which the organist played the Dead March in ‘Saul.’

12 November 1920

KILLEEN – Nov. 8th, at the Police Station, Barnoldswick, Minnie, wife of Edward Crofton Killeen, aged 47 years.

[The above obituary refers to the mother of Private R.V. Killeen, who was killed in action, 25 January 1916.]

12 November 1920


Death of Mrs. Killeen – The death occurred on Monday morning, following a severe attack of internal haemorrhage, of Mrs. Killeen, wife of Inspector Killeen, at the age of 47 years. Though the deceased had resided in Barnoldswick only three and a half years, she had made numerous friends, amongst whom her untimely death has occasioned the deepest regret. She leaves a husband, a son and a daughter. Another son was killed during in the war. The funeral took place yesterday (Thursday) at Gill Cemetery, the officiating clergyman being the Rev. Canon F.W. Patten. A number of special constables attended and members of the local police force, in charge of Sergt. Scaife (Earby) acted as bearers. The floral tributes included a wreath from the special constables, and another “in token of esteem” from the members of the East Staincliffe Division W. R. Constabulary.


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