Other names: Reginald Percy
Locations in this story: Monkton Deverill, WiltshireFreshford, SomersetEast Knoyle, WiltshireMiddle Winterslow, WiltshireFrance & FlandersPaddington, LondonBath, Somerset
Story: Reginald Percy Coggins was born in Monkton Deverill, Wiltshire, on 30 May 1895 and baptised at Freshford, Somerset, on 22 Sep 1895 the son of Charles William Coggins, a Police Constable, and Annie Maria Coggins (nee Rose). He lived a good part of his early life at 17 Knoyle Street, East Knoyle, Wiltshire, where his father was serving until by 1911 his father was posted to Middle Winterslow, Wiltshire. Reginald had enlisted on 21 Sep 1915 and joined the Royal Flying Corps (Royal Air Force from 1 Apr 1918) becoming an Air Mechanic Class 1 (Service No. 8849). He served with the 34th and 181st Squadrons in France and Flanders from 5 Apr 1916 where he was employed as a Wireless Operator. Following his discharge on 20 Feb 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Rose Mary Moran at St. Peter's Church, Paddington, London, on 19 Dec 1936. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 66 Bloomfield Rise, Bath, Somerset, described as a Civil Servant, Grade 4. His death was recorded in Bath on 22 Apr 1983. His brothers, Edwin Charles Coggins, Walter James Coggins and Alfred George Coggins, also served in the conflict.