Company Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer Class 2)
Reginald Rufus Sharpe


About Reginald Rufus

  • Name
    Reginald Rufus
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    30 July 1892
  • Birth town
    Dunholme, Lincolnshire
  • Resided town
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
    Louth, Lincolnshire
  • Date of death
    June 1977
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
    Company Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer Class 2)
  • Regiment
    Machine Gun Corps


We have been so far been unable to prove the identify of this soldier, but from research we believe him to be Reginald Rufus Sharpe who was born in 1892 in Dunholme, Lincolnshire.  If we are correct, his parents were John Swanson Sharpe and Mary Rachel (Goy) who were grocers in Dunholme in 1901.  By 1911, the family had moved to Clasketgate, Lincoln where his father was listed as a blacksmith and there were six further children, although one had died.  Reginald was a butcher.

In 1908, Reginald joined the Lincolnshire Yeomanry, formed as a Territorial Unit and based in the Old Barracks, Lincoln.  His military experience prior to the war may have helped him achieve rapid promotion to Company Sergeant Major by 1917.  In November 1915, he landed in Cairo with the 1/1 Battalion, Lincolnshire Yeomanry but it is unknown when he returned to the UK and joined the Machine Gun Corps.  Reginald was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War and Allied Victory medals.

Company Sergeant Major Sharpe, Machine Gun Corps, passed through Peterborough East Station and signed the visitors’ book on 12 January 1917. He wrote ‘Much appreciated the very warm welcome received at the Sailors & Soldiers Rest Room on 12 January 1917′.

Reginald was discharged on 26 May 1919, and returned to the Lincoln area.  In 1929 he married Ethel Annie Bell in Lincoln and a year later they had a son, Gordon. The next record of Reginald is the 1939 Register, which lists him living at Sunnyside in Welton Rural District (now West Lindsey) with his wife and son.  His occupation is listed as a food contractor to HM Forces.

Reginald died aged 83 in Louth, Lincolnshire in 1977.

Please get in touch if you can confirm the identity of this soldier and you can tell us more about him and his family.

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