Ronald Poulton Palmer
By Graham McKechnie
He was a promising rugby star as well as heir to the famous Reading biscuit factory, Huntley & Palmer. But Ronald Poulton Palmer's young life was extinguished fighting in WWI. Here we relive his last days fighting in Belgium.
Poulton Palmer | Poulton Palmer's grave
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This week marks the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which brought an end to the First World War.
Every family in Britain would have been touched by loss, regardless of class or social status.
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Ronald Poulton Palmer was one of the biggest stars English rugby had before the war, playing 17 internationals and scoring eight tries.
But contemporary reports talk about how he was much more than a rugby player - he was a scholar, a social reformer and philanthropist.
He was also a member of the Huntley and Palmer family and was destined to inherit the biscuit factory in Reading as well as the family estate in West Berkshire.
When he was killed, serving with the Royal Berkshire Regiment in May 1915, the town of Reading and the nation as a whole mourned his loss.
BBC Berkshire's Graham McKechnie and historian Jon Cooksey went to France and Belgium to find out more about this Berkshire hero...
last updated: 10/11/2008 at 15:56