1st Gordon Highlanders, 12th October 1914
Robert Reid enlisted at Aberdeen on 2 January 1901, he had been employed as a Woodcutter. He served within the 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, as number 7630 where he achieved the rank of Corporal. He served in the France / Belgium Theatres of War.
He was killed in action on 12 October 1914 aged 34 years and initially buried in the field before being reburied at Vieille-Chapelle New Cemetery, Lacoutre, Pas de Calais, France. It is reported on his family headstone that he was killed in action at Ypres, Belgium, I am doubtful that this is the case as he is buried in France and unlikely to have been transported between countries.
Robert Reid was born around 1880 at Boharm, Banffshire.
In the 1881 Census his family was shown as:-
Mother – Mary Johnston or Reid born circa 1856
Father – Robert Reid born C 1851
Step-Sister – Grace Helen Howie born C 1877
Sister – Mary Jane Reid born C 1879
Uncle – Peter Johnston born about 1854
At the date of the 1881 Census his address was shown as Hill Lands, Auchmil, Boharm, Banffshire.
In the 1891 Census his address is shown as Clachnayell, Boharm, Banffshire and the further family members are:-
Brother – Alexander J. Reid born c. 1883
Sister – Jessie J. Reid born c. 1885
Sister – Catherine D. Reid born c. 1891
Sister – Georgina Reid born c. 1888
His father resided at Clachnayell until 1920 when he died.
Conflict of Information – The surname of his mother is shown on the family grave as Johnstone but in the census as Johnston.
Links to Additional Information
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Medal Index Card
Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919
Register of Soldiers Effects
Gordon Highlanders Medal Roll – Victory and British War Medal.