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Reginald Ernest Drury

 

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Reginald Drury was born around 1908, the son of George Drury of School Street, Sudbury.  He was married to May and the family lived at Melrose, Bures Road, Great Cornard.  Reginald was employed as a slaughter man at Gordon Drake’s Slaughterhouse in Cuckoo Hill, Bures.  Cuckoo Hill was known as ‘Slaughter Hill’ as the cattle were driven from the railway station through the village up the hill to the slaughterhouse. 

 

Reginald was also a member of the Local Home Guard in Great Cornard.   A report in the Suffolk and Essex Free Press described him as ‘an exceptional good man in Civil Defence work.  One of the organizers of fire watching locally he did a great deal of work in an unostentatious manner’.

 

On 19th October 1942 there were hit and run raids made by the enemy across East Anglia.  Reginald was at work in the slaughter house when a stray anti-aircraft shell fired from Colchester landed on the property.  He was badly injured and was taken to St. Leonard’s Hospital in Sudbury where he later died.  Five other workers were also injured with two of them serious enough to be detained in hospital.

 

Reginald died on 19th October 1942 aged 34.  He lies buried in Sudbury Cemetery.

 

©Shirley Smith - Sudbury & District Royal British Legion - November 2008