REEVE, Charles D'Arcy Edmund Wentworth

Captain, Charles D'Arcy Edmund Wentworth REEVE
Aged 21

Suffolk Regiment, attached to Royal Flying Corps
Killed in Air Accident on Tuesday, 18th July 1916

Charles D'Arcy Edmund Wentworth Reeve was born Ousden Hall on 5 September 1894,(Newmarket Q4-1894 3B:489), baptised in Ousden on 7th October 1894, son of Charles Sydney Wentworth REEVE and Annie Beatrice REEVE (née HOLDEN).

1901 census...Aged 6, he was at The Hall, Great Livermere with his father Charles S W REEVE [36] retired Hussars officer born Wimbledon; his mother Annie B [35] born Oxford and sisters Margery B.W. [10] and Helen L.W. [8] both born in Grantham.

1911 census...Aged 16, he was at Charterhouse School His parents were at Livermere Hall with his sisters Margery Beatrice Wentworth and Helen Laura Wentworth. He was living at Hambleton Hall with his parents at the outbreak of war. The address from CWGC was Thorpe Satchville, Melton Mowbray and Livermere Park. He was the brother of Major General John Talbot Wentworth Reeve. His brother and sisters were all baptised in Dover between 1890 and 1892 when the family were living at Victoria Park (the Holden family home)

He was educated at Charterhouse from 1908 to 1912, going on to Sandhurst.

He joined the O.T.C. while at Hambleton, and entered Sandhurst in November 1914, he was then gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant in the Suffolk Regiment and attached to the Royal Flying Corps. in March 1915, promoted to Lieutenant on the 1st October 1915, then Flight Commander and temporary Captain on the 1st May 1916.
He embarked for France on the 22nd August 1915, and did a considerable amount of flying work both there and in Belgium, being in the fighting at the Battle of Loos in 1915, and the operations around Ypres in the early part of 1916. He met his death in England being killed when flying from Hounslow.
He was buried at Livermere, Suffolk after a Requiem Mass at Bury St Edmunds. He is not on Hambleton's war memorial. An article in The Tablet on 5 August 1916 described him as a first-rate night pilot. It says he was received into the Church at Exton "about two years ago."

He was flying a Henry Farman F.20 7430, 19 RS, from Hounslow when it side slipped, nose dived and burnt, killing Charles and his crewman 2nd Lt.Walter William Gordon BEATSON [18].


Aviator's Certificate, Royal Aero Club


commemorated on a plaque in St. Edmund King and Martyr Roman Catholic Church, Bury St.Edmunds

Charles Reeve is buried in Great Livermere (St Peter's) Churchyard, north of the church
and on the war memorial in Dover.

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details