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7 Jun 1917
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Pte Reginald Walter Pakes, 60184, 32nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action in Belgium on June 7th, 1917. He was aged 22.
His mother Harriet Mary Pakes, of 31 Malvern Road, Luton, was first informed from London that he son had been wounded, but later told in a letter from the captain of her son's company that he had been killed in action.
Reginald had joined the 5th Bedfords (No. 5511) but received his discharge before the regiment went to Gallipoli. He subsequently rejoined and underwent training at Halton Park before being drafted out to France ten months before his death and serving with the Royal Fusiliers.
Born in Battersea, London, in 1895, he moved with his family to Luton, where in 1911 he was working in the straw hat trade. His father, Walter Smith Pakes, died in 1915.