Dolley, R C F
REGINALD CHARLES FRANCIS DOLLEY
Remembered with honour Arras Memorial: Bay 7.
Was originally Private 8310 Inns of Court O.T.C. from November 1915, and became a Sergeant. He attested in the Territorial Force 4 years service in the U.K. 11 December 1915 at Lincoln’s Inn, London: aged 28, 5’11” tall. He was appointed Lance-Corporal 27 May 1916, promoted to Corporal 1 July 1916, and promoted to Sergeant 19 August 1916. Discharged as a consequence of being appointed to a commission in the 5th (Reserve) Battalion, Notts & Derby Regiment, he was Gazetted in February 1917 as Second Lieutenant. Went to France, and was reported missing near Lens 1 July 1917, and since presumed killed in action on or since 30 June 1917. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals.
There are articles about Reginald in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 14 July 1917 and 23 March 1918 (including two Death announcements); plus In Memoriams in the issues dated 6 July 1918 and 5 July 1919.
Son of Francis Daniel and Emily Sarah (nee TURNER) DOLLEY of Watford; husband of Hilda Marguerite Irene (nee LYNN) DOLLEY of Holloway, London.
His parents married 8 July 1886 at St Etheldreda’s, Hatfield, Herts. Francis died 1943 in Watford aged 79, and was buried 11 May in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Emily died 21 April 1952 in Watford aged 86, and was buried 25 April, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Reginald was born 17 July 1887 in Codicote, Herts, and baptised 18 September 1887 at Hatfield. He attended first Beechen Grove Infants’ School, Watford; then Beechen Grove Board School from 15 January 1894 to 30 September 1901; finally Watford Grammar School from September 1901 to July 1905. He married 1915 in the Brentford, Middx, district, and again 10 February 1917 at St Luke’s, West Holloway. Hilda remarried 1936 in Bombay, India, to Norman DOBBINS.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1891 Census, aged 3 he lived in Codicote, with his parents and one sibling. On the 1901 Census, aged 13 he lived in Watford, with his parents and five siblings. On the 1911 Census, a university lecturer aged 22, he was a visitor in Holloway.
Unit"A" Company, 6th Battalion (Territorial)
Date of deathon or since 01/07/1917
Age at death29
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)