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George Frederick Reid

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About George Frederick

  • Name
    George Frederick
  • Initials
    GF
  • Surname
    Reid
  • Date of Birth
    1876
  • Birth town
    Edinburgh
  • Resided town
    Edinburgh
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
    Scottish
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
  • Married
    yes
  • Occupation
    Insurance Clerk

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
    5714/3760/36314
  • Rank
    Private
  • Regiment
    Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Biography

George Frederick Reid was born in Edinburgh in 1876 to parents Donald and Alison Reid. George was the youngest child and had two brothers and a sister.

On the 1881 Census, the family were living at 5 Rosehill Place Edinburgh and his father, Donald was a stationer and news agent. By 1891, the family had moved to 31 Dundas Street; Donald was now a window blind maker and George, aged 14, was an apprentice stationer’s clerk. The family had moved again by 1901 and were living at 8 Brandon Terrace and George was now a clerk in a biscuit manufacturers. This may have been McVities, who opened a factory in Edinburgh in 1888.

Prior to the war he married Margaret Wilson, and they had two children William Greer and Elizabeth Isabella Margaret.

On 25 November 1915, George enlisted into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. At the time he was living at 7 Inverleith Gardens, Edinburgh and worked for the Scottish Union and National Insurance Company. Just prior to his call up on 26 June 1916, his employer had written on 23 June asking if George could be given one or two days’ grace, as ‘due to pressure of work he had been working until 9.00pm and needed to settle various matters requiring his personal attention before joining’.

On 24 August 1916, John transferred to the Royal Defence Corps (RDC), 250th Company Reserves, Scottish Command, he also served with 217th P Company, RDC, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

John was discharged on 12 April 1919, and awarded a pension due to his varicose veins being aggravated by war service, causing him 20% disablement.

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