From Mudford Farm Labourer To Trenches in France and Belguim

My Grandfather Reginald Robert John Flagg was born in Mudford on the 23 November 1896.  He was employed on a farm in Mudford as a farm labourer.  On the 1st of September 1914 he signed up for the 7th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry.  He was 17 years of age.

On the 24th of July 1915 the 7th Battalion landed at Boulogne.  Reginald was 18.

Reginald was discharged from the 7th Battalion on the 19th November 1918.  He was awarded the Victory Medal, British Medal and 15 Star Medal.  He was also awarded the Silver War Badge.

His British Army WW1 Medal Index wrongly shows his name as Reginald F Flagg.

After the war Reginald moved to Littleton on Severn where he met my Grandmother Violet White.

He never spoke about the war until his final years when he suffered with Dementia.  He would ask questions like 'How many have we lost today?', 'When do we advance?' and he would hold his head and scream and weep.

After he died we found his medals still in the packaging that they had been sent to him in.  We often wonder why he received the Silver War Badge.

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Liz wrote:

Thursday 14 August 2014 4:54 PM
Reginald would have received the Silver War Badge after being invalided out of the army - which explains his early discharge in November 1918. Most of the army received their discharge in Spring 1919. The Silver War Badge was issued so injured soldiers, now in 'civies' weren't handed a white feather or condemned for being cowards.

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