Top Navigation

Reginald William MILBURN

Main CPGW Record

Surname: MILBURN

Forename(s): Reginald William

Place of Birth: Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire

Service No: 24384

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Grenadier Guards

Battalion / Unit: 4th Battalion

Division: Guards Division

Age: 27

Date of Death: 1916-09-16

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. E. 28.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: HAWES, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Reginald William Milburn was the son of James and Mary Milburn, née Burdon. James was born at Hutton Rudby and Mary at Ingleby Greenhow, Yorkshire.

1891 Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire Census: 25, South Side - Reginald W. Milburn, aged 2 years, born Hutton Rudby, son of James and Mary Milburn.

1901 Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire Census: South Side - Reginald W. Milburn, aged 12 years, born Hutton Rudby, son of James and Mary Milburn.

1911 Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire Census: South Side - Reginald Milburn, aged 22 years, born Hutton Rudby, son of James and Mary Milburn.

Reginald William Milburn was married to Margaret Ann Saville in 1913.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gdsn Reginald Milburn, 24384, G. Gds.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Gdsn Reginald Milburn, 24384, 4 G. Gds.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Reginald Milburn, 24384, 4th Bn Grenadier Guards. Date and Place of Death: 16.9.16. France. Died of wounds. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow Sole Legatee - Margaret A. £6 7s. 4d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Reginald.

Reginald is commemorated on the Hutton Rudby War Memorial as William Reginald Milburn.

Photograph: © Becky Wilcox.

A short biography of Reginald is included in: ‘Wensleydale Remembered - The Sacrifice made by the Families of a Northern Dale 1914-1918 and 1939-1945’ by Keith Taylor (2004).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


Click the thumbnail below to view a larger image.

Private Reginald William MILBURN

Private Reginald William MILBURN

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Grenadier Guards

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Grenadier Guards

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: MILBURN

Forename(s): Reginald

Born: Hutton Rudley [sic], Yorks


Enlisted: Leyburn

Number: 24384

Rank: Gdsn

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Battalion: 4th Battalion


Died Date: 16/09/16

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: MILBURN

Forename(s): Reginald William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 24384

Rank: Private

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Unit: 4th Bn.

Age: 27


Died Date: 16/09/1916

Additional Information: Son of James and Mary Milburn, of Hutton Rudby, Yorks.

View Additional Text

View Additional Text For Soldier Records

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


MILBURN James of Victoria-buildings Hutton Rudley [sic] Yorkshire died 17 January 1921 Probate York 9 March to Thomas Burdon Milburn grocer and Frederick James Milburn draper. Effects £3419 0s. 1d.


MILBURN Mary of Victoria-buildings Hutton Rudby Yorkshire widow died 11 October 1930 Probate Durham 18 May to Thomas Burdon Milburn grocer Frederick James Milburn draper and John Robert Milburn schoolmaster. Effects £1260 0s. 7d.

View Additional Image(s)

Additional Photo(s) For Soldier Records

Reginald William Milburn

Reginald William Milburn

© Becky Wilcox

PC 26 Reginald William Milburn

PC 26 Reginald William Milburn

Reginald was a member of the North Riding Constabulary at Hawes

© Becky Wilcox

Hutton Rudby War Memorial

Hutton Rudby War Memorial

© John Hendry (WMR-29671)

Hutton Rudby War Memorial - detail

Hutton Rudby War Memorial - detail

© John Hendry (WMR-29671)

North Riding Constabulary War Memorial

North Riding Constabulary War Memorial

© North Yorkshire Police (WMR-87164)

View Craven Herald Articles

View Craven Herald Articles

Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

22 September 1916


News has been received by Mrs. Milburn, Hawes, that her husband, Pte. R. Milburn, Grenadier Guards, has died of wounds received in action. A card announcing that he was wounded reached Mrs. Milburn last week. A letter from the chaplain conveying the news of his death states that he died from wounds and was buried in a little cemetery nearby. “A cross bearing his name, regiment, and date of death will be erected and a record kept.”

Pte. Milburn, who was a police constable at Hawes, enlisted voluntarily in 1915, and had been in France a few months. He was a quiet unobtrusive police officer, and highly esteemed by the people of Hawes who will sincerely regret his death. He leaves a widow and two young children, for whom much sympathy is felt.

03 November 1916


A very impressive memorial service for the soldiers from the parish, and those closely connected with the parish, who have fallen in the War, was held in St. Margaret’s Church on Sunday afternoon. From the Church tower the flag of St. George was flying half-mast, and the solemn tolling of the Church bell, announcing the hour of service, deepened the solemnity of the occasion. There was a large congregation, among whom were the relatives of many who have fallen. The service was conducted by the vicar (Rev. S. D. Crawford), and the hymns were 'Lead, Kindly Light’, ‘On the Resurrection Morning’, and ‘For all the Saints’. The soldiers whose memories were honoured were: Frederick Cockett, Albert Leach, Thomas Walton, J. W. Fryer, Reginald Milburn, James Banks, J. Chaytor Metcalfe, George Bargh, and James H. Milner

The Vicar took for his text the words, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’. He said “As we think of those who have laid down their lives for their country in this War, two thoughts force themselves upon us – the greatness they have achieved, and the atonement they have wrought. Lads who have never trained for war have, in a few months, become the equals of the most magnificently trained army in the world, and we have lived to see a greatness in our splendid boys of which we have but little conception. These lads had acquired a deathless fame; a greatness which would survive as long the British Empire lasts. And some share of this greatness belongs to those for whose lives and deaths we thank God today, and we believe that as they gave their lives without a murmur, so our God will hear the prayers we offer that their souls may rest in peace, and light eternal shine upon them. When we recall the horrors that Belgium, France and Serbia have suffered, and realise that but for those same brave lads we might be suffering the same, we cannot honour them too much, we cannot be too grateful for their devotion and self-sacrifice. To those who mourn their loss, this comfort must come: that their loved ones have passed into the company of heroes who equated not their lives too dear, but at the call of duty sacrificed all for the sake of their country, the good of mankind, and the cause of true liberty. But their death has done more than prove their greatness; it has been an act of atonement, atonement for their country and atonement for themselves.”

There was a time in the history of most nations when it had to be brought back to its allegiance to God by some sharp punishment. We went into this war with clean hands, but nevertheless it was proving a means of national purging. While we as a whole suffered in various ways, the sacrificial shedding of their blood had been the great work of our fallen heroes. “To that sacrifice those we remember today have shared and may we not confidently say that their deaths are a contribution to the cleansing of the nation?”

At the close of the sermon ‘The Last Post’ was sounded on the cornet by Mr. J. Blades, and after the Blessing the Dead March was played on the organ by Mr. F. Haverfield.

29 December 1916

HAWES – A Quiet Christmas

The Christmas of 1916 was the quietest experienced in living history, and many causes contributed to this end. The weather, which was cold, with alternate showers of snow and rain, did not make for cheerfulness and the day was spent for the most part either at home, or (in the case of the men folk), in the clubs. No parties of Christmas singers were abroad on Christmas Eve, or on Saturday night, and no band enlivened matters on Christmas Day. The usual services were held in St. Margaret’s Church, and these were fairly well attended, about 60 partaking of Holy Communion. It was Christmas under war conditions, and which have touched almost every home. Many well-known men have made the great sacrifice. On the Hawes roll of honour are recorded the following names of those fallen in battle:–2nd Lieut. G. Bargh, Pte. James Banks, Pte. Fred Cockett, 2nd Lieut. J.W. Fryer, Pte. John Fawcett, Gunner Albert Leach, Major J.C. Metcalfe, Pte. R. Milburn, Pte. S. Moore, Pte. L. Staveley, and Corporal Tom Walton.

View West Yorkshire Pioneer Articles

View West Yorkshire Pioneer Articles

West Yorkshire Pioneer Logo

22 September 1916


DEATH OF A SOLDIER – On Wednesday morning Mrs. Milburn, Hawes, received news from the War Office that her husband, Pte. Milburn, Grenadier Guards, had died of wounds. Much sympathy is felt for the widow, who is left with two young children.

Submit a Correction

    Name (required)

    Email Address (required)

    Telephone (required)

    Soldier Reference - Name:

    Soldier Reference - URL:

    Details of the correction to be made (required)

    Comment on this Soldier Record

    You can leave comments on this soldier record. Please note all comments will be manually approved before they appear on the website.

    No comments yet.

    Leave a Reply

    Pin It on Pinterest

    Share This