Reginald Weller Stamp


Full name Reginald Weller Stamp, born in Wheatley in 1884 (there is a civil registration in December 1884 in Headington District); son of Charles Frederick Stamp, grocer, born in Cheltenham, and Sarah Anne Harriet nee Weller, born in Woodstock. The family were living on High Street in 1891. In 1901 Reginald was a butcher's apprentice, boarding at 30 South Street in Oxford's St Thomas' parish. The Oxford Chronicle of 18 June 1915 shows that he enlisted in the Hussars, also known as the Oxfordshire Yeomanry. According to the Medal Rolls Index Cards his Regimental Nos. were 2815 and 285730. He trained at Tidworth Cavalry Depot from July to December of that year and was assigned to France in January 1916.

Uniquely, of the nearly two hundred Wheatley men who served, Reginald Stamp's active service correspondence survives and is held in the Wheatley Village Archive. It consists mainly of letters from 1915 to 1919 to his fiancee Annie Hawtin, whom he married in June 1919 in Chipping Norton. Reginald was buried in Wheatley Churchyard in 1944 and at the time had been living at 60 High Street, Wheatley. See also references to him, in the Wheatley in a World at War chapter.

Queen's Own Oxforshire Hussars
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