Death of 7630 Corporal Robert Reid

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.

Gordon Highlanders Cap Badge, similar to the one which would have been worn by Robert Reid.


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.


Following his death, Robert Reid was awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, Victory and British War Medals.


He is honoured and remembered on the Boharm War Memorial, Banffshire and Boharm Old Churchyard Memorial, Banffshire.

Links to Additional Information

– Commonwealth War Graves Commission – Robert Reid


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Medal Index Card

Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919

1881 Census

1891 Census

Register of Soldiers Effects

Gordon Highlanders Medal Roll – Victory and British War Medal.

Pension Record

%d bloggers like this: