Reginald Harold GASSON

GASSON, Reginald Harold

Service Number: 3809
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: East Grinsrtead, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, 1898
Home Town: Balaclava, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Died of wounds, near Wimereux, France, 7 April 1917
Cemetery: Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais - Hauts-de-France
Grave II. F. 15A.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

31 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, 3809, 25th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Wandilla embarkation_ship_number: A62 public_note: ''
31 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, 3809, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Brisbane
7 Apr 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, 3809, 49th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 3809 awm_unit: 49th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Lance Corporal awm_died_date: 1917-04-07

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Births Jun 1898   Gasson Reginald Harold E. Grinstead  2b 137.

Enlisted in Balaclava, Victoria as did his brother, Henry Frederick Gasson.

He is one of six Australian soldier casualties of the Great War to be honoured on the Worthing War Memorial. Also honoured on the West Tarring Parish Church Memorial. The West Tarring memorial is in the form of a large illuminated wooden board on the north wall of St. Andrews Parish Church.

His brother also fell. He was Private Henry Frederick Gasson, Service Number 3336, 4th Pioneer Battalion, Australian Infantry. 4th Australian Division. Killed in action on the Somme 5 August 1916. 

They were sons of Henry W. [builder] and Emily  M. Gasson who, in 1901, were living at 161 London Road, East Grinstead.

Interestingly, this address was also the home of  Clement E. and Esther Gasson, parents of Private Lewis Victor Gasson, Service Number G/1499 who died 30/01/1915, aged 24 whilst serving with the 2nd Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment.