In memoriam

Private George Christopher Reid

 

 

George Christopher Reid was born on 31 August 1885 at Farnconnell, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, son of farmer William Reid and his wife Elizabeth (nee Elliott).

Reid enlisted in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 22 September 1914 at Enniskillen (No.14165), but in the following month transferred to the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron (No.UD/97).

He embarked for France with his squadron on 6 October 1915, part of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

In June 1916 the squadron joined with C and F Squadrons of the North Irish Horse to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps until August 1917.

On 20 September 1917 Private Reid was transferred to the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (No.41529), when the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment was dismounted and absorbed into that battalion. After a short period of infantry training the men of the regiment were sent to their new battalion on the Cambrai front.

Reid and two others were killed in the evening of 26 October 1917 when a shell from an enemy heavy trench mortar scored a direct hit on their Lewis gun post on Yorkshire Bank.

He was buried at Neuville-Bourjonval British Cemetery, grave E.18. The gravestone inscription reads:

41529 PRIVATE
G. C. REID
ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS
26TH OCTOBER 1917 AGE 32

 

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