Reginald William (Reggie) EARP


EARP, Reginald William

Service Number: 30205
Enlisted: 5 September 1916
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 10th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 22 July 1898
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Barker College, Sydney and Armidale School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Student
Died: Died of wounds, Vaulx-Braucourt, France, 20 April 1918, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Frechencourt Communal Cemetery
Row B, Grave 18 Headstone Inscription "DEARLY LOVED SON OF CHARLES AND FRANCES EARP OF NEWCASTLE, N.S.W.", Frechencourt Communal Cemetery, Frechencourt, Amiens, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Earp Brothers & Co. Ltd. HR, Newcastle Surf Club Life Saving Brigade Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

5 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 30205, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
9 Nov 1916: Involvement Gunner, SN 30205, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
9 Nov 1916: Embarked Gunner, SN 30205, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, HMAT Benalla, Sydney
2 Feb 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 10th Field Artillery Brigade
20 Apr 1918: Involvement Gunner, SN 30205, 10th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Charles and Elizabeth EARP, Newcastle, New South Wales

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery. 

102 years ago today, on the 20th April 1918, Gunner Reginald William Earp, 10th Australian Field Artillery Brigade (Reg No-30205), student from Earp Brothers & Co., Ltd., died of wounds received at the Second Battle of Dernancourt, Northern France, age 19 years 8 months.

Service record states date of death 21st April 1918, GSW right thigh, legs, fractured femur.

Born at Hamilton, New South Wales on the 22nd July 1898 to Charles Anthony (C.B.E., died 1933) of 81 Church Street, Newcastle, N.S.W. and 21 South Street, Double Bay, Sydney, N.S.W. and Elizabeth Frances (died 1947) Earp nee Jachau of Gloucester House, Sydney, N.S.W., Reggie enlisted September 1916 with the 2nd Australian Divisional Ammunition Column at Sydney, N.S.W.

Admitted to hospital 18.6.1918 (tonsillitis), Reggie is resting at Frechencourt Communal Cemetery, France. Row B Grave 18.

Mr Earp’s name has been inscribed on the Newcastle Surf Club & Life-Saving Brigade Honor Roll, Earp Brothers and Company Ltd Roll of Honour (unveiled on the 2nd August 1918, 9 names inscribed, 1 Fallen) and the Book of Gold.

Educated at Tasmania 1913 to 1914.
Footballer and surfer and held the Royal Life Saving 

There is no memorial inscription at the gravesite of Reggie’s father Charles, so August 2015 I placed a memorial cross adorned with poppies on the gravesite, taken a photo of the memorialised grave and uploaded the photo onto the Northern Cemetery website as a permanent record of his service. ANGLICAN 1-63. 8.

The remarkable history of Mr Charles Earp’s contribution to society is worthy of a book or two, so it saddens me when I see the deterioration of this great man’s gravesite with no mention of the supreme sacrifice of his son Reggie for God, King and Country.

Lest We Forget.