Waller, Reginald Charles Bentley (1907-1942)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Reginald Charles Bentley Waller (1907-1942) was born on 6 June 1907 at Epsom, Surrey, the son of Captain Alfred Egbert Waller (Queen Victoria's Rifles) and Margery Stacpoole Waller of Canys Lodge, Freshwater, Isle of Wight.
He was married to Barbara Ailsa Waller (née Graham).
Edinburgh House school, Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire.
Sherborne School (Harper House) May 1921-April 1925; XXX Blazer (for rugby football); PT Class Leader with Badge; Lance Corporal in OTC.
Sandhurst (cadet scholarship); 10th Baluchi Regiment; awarded the MC in 1931 during the Saya San Rebellion; mentioned in dispatches, Gazette 20/12/32 for his services in Burma during that year. In 1941 he was put forward for an OBE but this was refused as was a further request for an immediate DSO in Iraq at the end of the year. Staff College, Quetta.
WW2, Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 10th Baluch Regiment (Queen Mary's Own). Killed on 20 June 1942 in India by bandits on the Delhi to Simla train, aged 35.
Delhi War Cemetery, 3. D. 13 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2177844/waller,-regin...
All Saints Cemetery, Freshwater, Isle of Wight www.isle-of-wight-memorials.org.uk/war-graves/fre/freshwa...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Harper House roll of honour.
Old Shirburnian Society Annual Report, October 1942:
'Waller, Reginald Charles Bentley (d 1921-1925). A friend writes in The Times: "We have only now received details of the death of Lieutenant-Colonel R.C.B. Waller, MC, who was one of the three officers shot dead by bandits who held up a train near Simla last June 20. "Buff" Waller had been to Simla to say goodbye to his wife and twin daughters before setting out for America to join the staff of Field-Marshal Sir John Dill, head of the British Military Mission to Washington, to which Waller had just been appointed. The post was to carry the rank of Colonel. Waller, who was just 35, had been promoted lieutenant-colonel only six months before. This rapid promotion was the crown of two years' staff work in India, where all his Army service had been passed. He had made his mark as the best type of staff officer, having already given signal proofs of his worth in the field with his regiment. It was in 1931 that Waller, then a lieutenant, won his MC in the Burma rising. Disguised as a Burmese boatman, and at the risk of his life, he decoyed a party of insurgents under the fire of his own men, and afterwards dived from his boat into the swirling river to save the life of a wounded man. His staff work having marked him as an officer who should go far, it was arranged that he should see active war service with a formation in the field, and his record was such that he was given the coveted appointment of GSO2 with an Indian diversion, with which he served in Iraq, Syria, and Persia. He was brought back to India to a post on the General Staff, and it was his work there that caused him to be selected for the Washington post. Waller left behind him the memory of a solider of outstanding talents, with a distinguished career still before him; and of a friend who will be remembered by many as long as they live.'