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Fifth Generation

13 October 1880 - 04 September 1939


Third son of William Lawson and Ellen Gossling.
Married Edith Helen Ashford (09 November 1889 - 05 May 1964)

Three children -
John Neville - 01 November 1910 - 04 April 1989 Twin with
Philip Ashford - 01 November 1910 - 1942
Anthony Robert - 03 September 1917 - to 29 September 2000


Reggie as a pensive young man at 88 High Street, Lymington.

Reginald with Nancy Cree, his future daughter-in-law. (right)

THE ELECTRICAL REVIEW - 05 February 1932

"Our Personal Column"

As we briefly reported last week, the Electricity Board for Northern Ireland has appointed Major R. W. Klitz M.I.E.E., as sales engineer to take charge of the publicity and sales organisation.

Major Klitz was educated at Gillingham Grammar School, Dorset, and subsequently passed the examinations of the City and Guilds of London in electrical engineering. He served his apprenticeship with the Westminster Engineering Co., and afterwards held appointments with the London Electric Supply Corporation, Ltd. and the Wimbledon Corporation where he was chief assistant electrical engineer.

Army Photograph believed to have been taken in Mesopotamia - Reg - left, back row.

He served in the War, enlisting as a sapper in the Royal Engineers in 1915 and ultimately attained the rank of Major. He gained the Service Leaf medal for services rendered in Iraq.
War Service Honour.   Royal Army Ordinance Corps

On his return to civil life he was appointed sales engineer to the North Wales Power Co.Ltd. which operated in an area of over 4,000 sq. miles. He was responsible for the development of the load throughout this company's area. This area which embraced not only important industrial centres, but also widely scattered rural and farming districts so he has had a wide experience in the application of electric power to works, factories and farms, as well as to the requirements of the domestic consumer.

Major Klitz has arranged to take up his duties with the Board at an early date, when he will be available to discuss with manufacturers and power users in the south-eastern area of Northern Ireland the question of taking supplies of power for their works from the Board's system.


Chesterton house in Cirencester, where Reg and his wife, Eda, as she was then known, lived. The house was another building landmark in the family history but eventually it became a convent in the 50s and 60s and a nursing home in the 80s.

Betty's reminiscences - Uncle Reg would sometimes visit when we were living at the Rowans during the war. Tony also came resplendent in his Army uniform before leaving for Germany. His late night broadcasts of jazz on the Forces network always had a keen audience at College.

Reginald with brother, Leslie

Regrettably Reginald found life's pressures too great to bear and took his own life in 1939. One view was that he was unable to face the prospect of another war and its possible consequences, all over again. Reginald was buried in Chesterton Cemetery. Subsequently his wife, Edith, died on 5th May 1964. Her ashes were added to the same grave by John and Anthony, their 2 remaining sons.

Grave details

Reginald and Edith's children

John Neville Philip Ashford Anthony Robert


Reginald William
13.10.1880 - 04.09.1939
=Edith Helen Ashford
09.11.1899 - 05.05.1964
John Neville
01.11.1910 - 04.04.1989 (T)
=Nancy Margaret Cree
11.03.1913 - 27.07.2000
  Philip Ashford
01.11.1910 - 1942 (T)
= Marjorie Blanche Palmer
31.01.1907 - 09.09.1994
  Anthony Robert
03.09.1917 - 29.09.2000
=1 Patricia Morrison (dissolved)
=2 Margaret Macelroy

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Reginald William