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2nd Lieutenant Reginald Bernard Veilly Savill

2nd Lieutenant Reginald Bernard Veilly Savill, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment.  Died as a result of a road traffic accident whilst on patrol on the Jerusalem-Hebron highway, Palestine, 25th May 1939.  Buried at Ramle Military Cemetery.

Obituary from The Lion and The Rose August 1939

It is with deep regret that we announce the death, as a result of a motor accident whilst on patrol, of 2nd Lieutenant Reginald Bernard Veilly Savill on the 25 May 1939.
2nd Lieutenant Savill was gazetted to the Regiment on 26 Jan 1939 and joined the 2nd Battalion in Palestine on 16 Mar 1939.
During his brief service with the Regiment he proved himself to be an outstanding athlete, and played Rugby football for the Battalion. His cheerful personality had endeared him to all ranks, and the loss will be deeply felt.
The funeral took place at Ramle and was attended by the Commanding Officer and representatives of the GOC and all ranks of the Battalion.
To his relatives we offer our sincere sympathy.

News cutting 2nd Lieutenant Reginald Bernard Veilly Savill killed in car accident, 1938.

2nd Lt Killed in Car Accident
Military Funeral at Ramle
Second Lieutenant Reginald Bernard Veilly Savill, age 22, of the King's Own Royal Regiment, was fatally injured in a car accident on the Jerusalem-Hebron highway late on Wednesday afternoon. He succumbed to his injuries on the same night at the Government Hospital, Jerusalem.
Three other soldiers of the same unit, who were with him in the vehicle, were badly hurt. It appears that the military truck in which they were driving ran off the road at kilometre 19, and all four were thrown out as it overturned.
The deceased was the son of Major H Savill, MC, DCM, Royal Berkshire Regiment, and came from Hounslow. He graduated from the Royal Military College at Sandhurst four months ago today, and joined the second battalion of the King's Own Regiment on 16 Mar 1939.
The funeral took place yesterday afternoon in the Roman Catholic section of the Ramle Military Cemetery, the service being conducted by the Rev J J O'Brien CF with Associate Chaplain the Rev F Lamb, ODC, officiating chaplain of the King's Own.
The firing party and buglers were supplied by the 1st Battalion The Buffs, the General Officer Commanding was represented by Lieutenant C E J Morton of the Royal West Kents, and the Commanding Officer 1st Battalion The Buffs by Lieutenant Clarke.
Others present included Lieutenant Colonel N M Ritchie DSO MC Officer Commanding 2nd Battalion, King's Own; Captain Howse; Captain Creedon; Second Lieutenant Evans; Second Lieutenant Robinson and a number of warrant officers who bore the coffin.
Wreaths were laid on behalf of the GOC, Lieutenant Colonel Ritchie, Brigadier O H Tidbury MC, and Staff of 18th Infantry Brigade; Officers of the 1st King's Own; officers of the 2nd King's Own; Warrant Officers and Sergeants 2nd King's Own; and other ranks, King's Own.
Accession Number: KO1832/133

 

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