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Saturday, 18 July 2015

L R Hargreaves
Military Details

L R Hargreaves - M.C. Capt Irish Gds

Leopold Reginald Hargreaves was the son of Reginald G and Alice of Cuffnells, Lyndhurst. Alice was formerly Liddell, the inspiration for 'Alice' in Alice in Wonderland.

Leopold was born in 1883 in Lyndhurst. The 1901 census Leopold is recorded as living on Keats Lane, along with other Eton students, in the house of Arthur Stringer a 59 year old Schoolmaster. He served in the Irish Guards and died on 25 September 1916 aged 33 and is remembered at Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont. His citation reads in the London Gazette reads :

For conspicuous gallantry in action. He set a find example of coolness and courage at a somewhat critical period, and personally took forward and established a covering party.

Leopold Reginald Hargreaves M.C.

Captain, Irish Guards. Died of wounds 25th September 1916. Aged 33. Son of Reginald G. and Alice Hargreaves, of Cuffnells, Lyndhurst, Hants. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in GUILLEMONT ROAD CEMETERY, GUILLEMONT, Somme, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 4.

Extract from du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:

HARGREAVES, LEOPOLD REGINALD, M.C., Capt., 1st Battn. Irish Guards, eldest surv. s. of Reginald Gervis Hargreaves, of Cuffnells, Lyndhurst, by his wife, Alice Pleasance, dau. of the Very Rev. Henry George Liddell, Dean of Christ Church; and brother to Capt. A. K. Hargreaves, D.S.O. (q.v.); b. Cuffnells, Lyndhurst, Hants, Jan. 1883; educ. Eton, and Christ Church, Oxford; was formerly in business in Canada; joined the army 15 Aug. 1914; gazetted Lieut. 1st Battn. Irish Guards 23 Dec. 1914; served at the front in France from Nov. 1914, to Nov. 1915, when he was invalided home; returned to France in Aug. 1916, and was killed in action at Les Boeufs 25 Sept. 1916. He was awarded the Military Cross:

Capt. L R Hargreaves, 1st Bn Irish Guards, DoW 25/9/16. He went to France 10/11/14 with a detachment of Special Reserves as a Lt. Promoted to Capt, 13/09/15, at Loos, then wounded 15/09/16 at the Quadrilateral. Oviously not too badly, as he was back " a few hundred yards East of Lesboeufs" when he was badly wounded again, probably by his own barrage, and died while being carried back.

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