Outhwaite, MC, MID, Reginald

Born Banbury, Oxfordshire, 1889. Son of Hannah Outhwaite, of Beverley. He lived in Hull were he worked for 4 years as a crapenter, for Messrs H Kaye. He was the only brother of George Binnington Outhwaite, Royal Artillery, (1879-1921), of 94 Laburnham Avenue, Garden Village, Hull.  He was a widower with no children He had served previously with the East Yorkshire Regiment and Hussars, before emigrating to Australia, in 1908.

He enlisted at Melbourne, Australia, joining the 14th Australian Imperial Force, on 14/09/1914. He was aged 25 years and 6 months when he joined. His military records describe him, as 5 foot, 6 inches tall, 10 stone weight, 33 inch chest size, blue eyes, brown hair and Baptist religion. He served at Gallipoli, was hospitalised several times and promoted through the ranks. Transferred to the 46th Battalion, on 04/03/1916. He was Captain in the 46th Australian Imperial Force. Awarded the Military Cross (MC) for bravery on 19/05/1918 and Mentioned in Despatches (MID) on 09/04/1917. His MC citation reads “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, on 05/04/1918. During the progress of the enemy attack, he went forward and although wounded remained on duty to ensure that supplies and hot food were delivered to his men.”

He was thrown by a horse, which then trampled on him, while returning to his battalion. He died of a fractured Skull and other accidental injuries, on 16/05/1918. His Military Cross Medal was left to his sister, Miss Lilian Mary Outhwaite, at St Margarets, Devonport, Tasmaina.

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94 Laburnham Avenue, Garden Village, Hull