Rank: Private 6906
Regiment or Ship: 4th Dragoon Guards
Service Number(s): 6906
Date of Birth: 1892
Place of Birth: Battle
Date of Death: 1972
Place of Death: Hastings, SussexAddress: 1 Laburnham Cottages, Ninfield Road, Sidley
Photos and newspaper articles
Charlotte Naomi Adams (daughter of Albert Adams, Brick & Coal Merchant in Bexhill) was born 1867 Bexhill. In 1881 they were living in Brickyard Cottage Sidley Green, and by 1891 they were living at 6 Brickyard Row, Sidley Green.
George Isted born 1860. In 1881 he is listed as living at 83 Foord Road, Folkstone Kent. By 1891 he is living at 7 Brickyard Row, Sidley Green and his profession is listed as “general labourer”. By 1911 the family are living at 1 Laburnham Cottages, Sidley (Ninfield Road). George is listed as an “Excavator”. He died on 14th October 1915, just a few months after the death of his oldest son George Albert.
George Albert Isted born 1888 Battle and died 28th April 1915 in Gallipoli. W0039 ISTED George (Private)
Naomi Mary Isted born 1890 and died 1981 aged 90.
Sidney John Isted born 1894 Battle and died 23rd July 1916 at Richebourg St. Vaast. W0037 ISTED Sidney John (Private)
Arthur Henry born 1897 Battle W0155 ISTED Arthur Henry (Private)
Louisa Emily Isted born 11 April 1899 Battle and died 1982 aged 83 in Hastings.
Albert Stephen Isted born 4th Mar 1901 and died September 1974 in Battle aged 73.
Naomi Mary Isted married Arthur James Hammond in 1911. He enlisted on 11th December 1915. W0156 HAMMOND Arthur James (Gunner)
Louisa Emily Isted married Harold C. Izzard in 1927 in Eastbourne. Their son Harold John Izzard was born in Eastbourne in 1928 and is the father of Bexhill Museum’s patron Eddie Izzard.
First World War Experience
Reginald was a regular soldier with the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards and at the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914 they were at Tidworth as part of the 2nd Cavalry Brigade under the command of Brigadier General Henry de Beauvoir de Lisle.
They were part of the initial British Expeditionary Force, arriving in France on 16th August 1914 and ‘C’ Company had the distinction of making the first contact with the enemy, a cavalry patrol of the 2nd Kuirassiers, near the Belgian village of Casteau situated north east of Mons.
This led to them firing the first shot of the war and taking the first prisoners. They remained on the Western Front throughout the War fighting in almost all of the main battles including Mons, Ypres, the Somme, Arras, Cambrai and Albert.
The Dragoons took part in the assault on the Hindenburg Line and the Pursuit to Mons and after the cessation of hostilities were stationed in Germany.
Information courtesy of John Hammond.