South Staffordshire War Memorials

Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.

R Tresise

Reginald George Tresise was born at Burton-on-Trent on 15th November, 1891. He was the son of James Tresise, a brewer's clerk, and his wife, Elizabeth. The family lived for a short time at Egginton, Derbyshire, where Reginald and his sister, Phyllis attended Etwall National School. By 1901 they had moved to Codsall where they lived in Station Road and then at Oakenhurst, Oaken. Reginald attended Wolverhampton Higher Grade School where he was later commemorated on the War Memorial.

Reginald became a regular soldier, enlisting in the 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment in 1910. By 1911 he was a Lance Corporal living at the barracks in Whittington.

At some point - probably in August 1914 - Reginald was transferred to the Regiment's newly formed 7th Battalion as a Company Serjeant-Major. He sailed from Liverpool with the battalion in July 1915, arriving in the Dardanelles at the end of the month.

The 7th South Staffs saw action at Galipolli, landing at Suvla Bay near Lala Baba on the night of 6/7 July. The landing was not a success and the troops were trapped on or close to the beaches. Reginald was killed in action on the 9th of July. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

Company Serjeant-Major Reginald Tresise, 8792, was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1915 Star.

This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.