King’s Lynn charity’s appeal to find First World War soldier’s family

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A Lynn charity is appealing for help in tracing the family of a soldier who died in the First World War.

Bridge for Heroes members are keen to return a memorial for Pte Reginald Tweedy to his family, but their search has hit a brick wall.

The memorial picture was picked up by charity founder Mike Taylor while touring stalls at Lynn Corn Exchange last year and it is currently being used in the charity’s First World War exhibition at its Military Experience Day and Education Centre, in Millfleet, Lynn.

Mr Taylor said: “It is really important to return this memorial to the family and we would really like to find out where the family is so we can pass this back.”

Charity researcher Steve Millard, 61, of Watlington, has managed to trace details about Reginald’s life and military service.

Reginald was born in the first quarter of 1898 in South Lynn to Stephen and Elizabeth.

Master baker Stephen and his wife were living in London Road with Violet, Reginald, May and Irene. Mr Millard found the information on the 1911 census.

On June 5, 1916, Reginald enlisted into the 8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, aged 18.

The army’s medical record for Reg shows he was 5ft 7in, weighed 131lbs and was suffering from “slight flat feet”.

Five months after enlisting, Reginald was sent to serve in France. He left Folkestone on November 16 and arrived in Boulogne on the same day.

Records show that on April 30 he was serving in the field.

He was in killed in action in Ypres aged 19 and was awarded the victory medal.

Reginald’s body has not been found. It is thought that he was buried close to the site where he fell.

Mr Millard said: “The Germans destroyed the Ypres salient. It was churned up with tens of thousands of millions of munitions. The place was a quagmire. The chances of finding him are nil.

“Sadly when he was killed the family name died out.”

Reginald’s service is marked on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gave his home address as Clovelly 41 Tennyson Avenue.

nIf you believe you may be related to the Twiddy family contact reporter Victoria Fear on 01553 817321 or Bridge for Heroes on 01553 760230.