Name:Reginald Percy Withers Rank:SergeantService No.:H/41111Service: Royal Winnipeg Rifles, RCICDate of Birth: January 21, 1904Place of Birth: Wash Common, Newbury, Berkshire, EnglandDate of Enlistment:June 25, 1940Place of Enlistment: Winnipeg, ManitobaAddress at Enlistment:Red Lake, OntarioAge at Enlistment: 36Height: 6 feet, ½ inchComplexion:RuddyEyes:Blue Hair: AuburnDate of Death:May 12, 1941Age at Death:37Cemetery:Robie St Cemetery, Truro, NSGrave: Lot 78, Division E, Grave 1Commemorated on Page 48 of the Second World War Book of RemembranceDisplayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on February 4Reginald Percy Withers was the son of William Charles (1875-1929) & Charlotte (Hatten) Withers (b. 1878). At the age of 20, Reginald Percy Withers enlisted, in England, with the Grenadier Guards on May 12, 1924 and served until May 11, 1927 when he was transferred to the army reserves. His Certificate of Service record exemplary character.On November 7, 1927 he joined the London Metropolitan Police from J Division as a Police Constable until Nov 4, 1928. He moved to Canada in 1929, travelling from Southampton, England, arriving in Saint John, NB on February 18, 1929 aboard the SS Melita of the Canadian Pacific Line. He was working as a miner for the Hasaga Gold Mines Ltd in Red Lake, Ontario, when he enlisted with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. He listed his mother s next of kin living at 18 Royate Hill, Upper Eastville in Bristol, England. Post-war, she moved back to Berkshire.Sergeant Withers served with the Headquarters (HQ) Battalion of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and was transferred to Debert, NS after training at Camp Borden in Ontario. He died of illness, a coronary issue following pneumonia, at the #7 Debert Military Hospital on May 12, 1941 while in active service. He was buried with full military honours and Wednesday May 14, 1941 at 14:30 hours. The funeral was held at the Church of England in Truro with Padre Captain Gardiner, Chaplain of the 1st Battalion, Canadian Scottish Regiment. He was laid to rest in the Robie St Cemetery, Truro, NS.