Reginald Redfern Langtry

6th April 1888 – 27th September 1915. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (11th Battalion)

Reginald Redfern Langtry was a former Manchester FC player who was killed during the First World War. Reginald was born in Withington, the son of Thomas and Edith Langtry. Thomas was a cotton merchant from Hulme, but later settled the family into a big house on Wilmslow Road, Didsbury with the profits of his trading, complete with servants. Soon Reginald was whisked off to Sedbergh School, Cumbria, where he excelled for the school rugby team.

After his father died, Reginald returned to Didsbury to live with his mother on Parkfield Road, Didsbury and took on an apprenticeship in cotton spinning. He now joined Manchester FC and Didsbury Golf Club. Between 1907 and 1909, he played for the “A” team, as a forward.

On the 9th July 1915, he went to France with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, where he served as Lieutenant. He was killed during the Battle of Loos in Autumn 1915.

Langtry is buried at Abbeville Communal Cemetery, near the Somme, Grave 11. D7.

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