Christopher REEK
Rank: Private
Number: 266001
Unit: 13th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 10 June 1917
Age: 23
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

During 1888, James Reek, a bricklayer, married Bertha Hammond at St Paul's Church, Portwood, Stockport. A year later, Alfred was born and, in the spring of 1894, Christopher. A daughter, named after her mother, was born in 1896.

Christopher's original service number, 2992, indicates he originally enlisted into the army, about the middle of 1915, and originally joined the local Territorial Battalion - the 6th Cheshires. He was reported to have been twice wounded during his service and had to be invalided home on both occasions. He must have still been with the 6th Battalion at the beginning of 1917, when the above six-digit service numbers were issued. Probably on his return to duty from sick leave, he will have been transferred to the 13th Battalion.

On 7 June 1917, Christopher took part in the attack which became known as the Battle of Messines. During the evening of the next day, they were pulled back to reserve positions at Occur Trench where they spent the next few days repairing and consolidating the trenches. On the day Christopher was killed, the Battalion's War Diary records that there was intermittent enemy shelling during the day and five men died. Christopher has no known grave.

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