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Personal Details
Date of BirthOctober 26, 1899
Place of BirthInsbridge, Devonshire
CountryEngland
Marital StatusSingle
Next of Kin1. father, Walter Seller, Winnipeg); 2. step-mother, Agnes Seller, Winnipeg
Trade / CallingLabourer
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number721984
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion108th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentWinnipeg, Manitoba
Address at Enlistment1. 482 Aberdeen Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba; 2. 176 Aiken St., Winnipeg, MB
Date of EnlistmentFebruary 19, 1916
Age at Enlistment16
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathMay 21, 1960
Age at Death60
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
Plot20E-15-1

Seller, Reginald

Reginald Charles Walter Seller was born in Devonshire, England on 26 October 1899.  His parents were Walter William Victor Seller and Eliza Jane Bryant. Siblings included Victor Hugh Seller and Roy Granville Seller.

In March of 1906 the family immigrated to Canada and settled in Oak Point, Manitoba.  The 1911 Canadian census shows Eliza Jane Seller as an inmate at the Selkirk Asylum.  She died in 1916 in Brandon.

On 21 January 1916 Walter enlisted with the 108th Battalion.  His occupation at this time was ‘gardener’ and his next of kin was his wife, Agnes Seller of Winnipeg (Reginald’s step-mother). The following month, on 19 February 1916, Reginald also signed attestation papers for the 108th Battalion.  He was only 16 at the time so gave a birth year of 1897 to appear older. His training took place at Camp Hughes, Manitoba. However, Reginald was hospitalized four times (pneumonia, influenza, rheumatism and concussion) before being discharged on 29 September 1916 as ‘medically unfit for service’.   When the 108th battalion sailed for England in September of 1916, Walter was with them but Reginald wasn’t.

On October 4th, 1916 Reginald enlisted again, this time giving 1898 as his birth year.  This time he was attached to the 76th Battery Canadian Field Artillery. His poor health continued as Reginald was hospitalized another three times (chicken pox, ‘la grippe’ and tonsillitis) before his unit sailed for England in April of 1917.   He spent time in the reserve battalions in England until being transferred to the 10th Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery in France on November 02, 1917. He served until February of 1919 when he returned to England, and then sailed for Canada in March 1919. His official discharge came on 01 April 1919 in Winnipeg and was due to demobilization. His rank on discharge was ‘Driver’ and his last unit was the 40th Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery. A driver in WW1 rode on team horses which pulled wagons, guns, ambulances, equipment. Usually a wagon had a team of 6 horses, 3 pairs of 2. Each driver was responsible for his two horses (feeding, shoeing, vet care, etc.) and he teamed up with two other drivers to pull the wagon. Drivers were usually privates in rank, but designated ‘Driver’ to distinguish them from infantry. Drivers were essential in getting supplies, food, ammunition and equipment to the men at the front, and bringing wounded back to medical stations. It was a dangerous job as they were targeted by machine guns and artillery to prevent them getting supplies through.

Reginald married Nora Cox on 14 June 1920 in Winnipeg.  Their children were: Orville Harold Walter, Kenneth Stanley Robert (who served as a bombardier in the RCA) and Audrey.  They moved to Kenora in 1930.  Reginald was first employed as a mechanic and then he opened Seller’s Garage on Third Street North.  This building was destroyed by fire.

Reginald served with the Canadian Navy in WW2.  Upon his return to Kenora, he purchased property at Rabbit Lake and opened a tourist camp called ‘Pines Cabins’ and a store known as ‘Vet’s Corner Grocery’.

Reginald’s first marriage ended and Rose Hilda Outen became his second wife.

Reginald died on 21 May 1960 in Kenora and is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery. Rose passed away in 1985 and she’s buried beside him.

Reginald’s two brothers, Victor and Roy, both served in World War 2.

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