Richard Charles Reeves was born in London on 29 March, 1875. He joined the Royal Navy in 1894 as a Stoker 2nd Class and progressed rapidly through the ranks, being appointed a Chief Stoker in 1913. he married Rosetta Dunn in July 1901 and they had two daughters, Doris Ena Reeves ( 1907-1921 ) and Phyllis F. Fowler ( 1913-1999 ) When he was killed in 1916 his family was living at 75 Prince Albert Road, East Southsea, Portsmouth. His widow, Rosetta, was still living there during the Second World War when Portsmouth was heavily bombed. She never re-married and died in the Spring of 1959, 43 years after her husband perished in the North Sea.
I was born in Portsmouth and come from a naval family. I collect naval medals and try to visit the city once a year and track down the homes and/or graves of British seamen whose medals I have acquired. In this small way I hope to honour, and remember, their lives and sacrifices.
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