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19072   Corporal Alexander Reid
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 02/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 29/09/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 40
Summary      
Alexander Reid was the son of George and Elizabeth Reid. He was born in Dungannon about 1878. Alexander enlisted in Londonderry. Corporal Alexander Reid was with the 2nd Battalion of Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 29 September 1918, aged 40. The CWGC records Alexander as the son of George and Elizabeth Reid, of Annaginney, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.
Further Information
Alexander Reid was the son of George and Elizabeth Reid. He was born in Dungannon about 1878.
Alex Reid worked for twenty years as a clerk in the service of the Great Northern Railway Company, having been employed at Derry and other places.
Alexander enlisted in Londonderry.
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Corporal Alexander Reid was with the 2nd Battalion of Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 29th September 1918 by a German sniper while attending to his officer's wounds.
Alexander Reid was the brother of Miss Reid, and Mrs Caldwell, of Tullylake, Donaghmore.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 24 October 1918:
Corporal Alex Reid, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was killed in action on 29th September 1918 by a German sniper while attending to his officer's wounds, was the only son of the late Mr George Reid of Annaginney, Carland, and brother of Miss Reid, and Mrs Caldwell, of Tullylake, Donaghmore, and a nephew of Mr Gerard Steward, of Creevagh, Carland. The deceased had been for over 20 years a clerk in the service of the Great Northern Railway Company, having been employed at Derry and other places. His officer writes to his relatives stating that the deceased had been a good soldier and was beloved by all his comrades. The chaplain of his regiment also writes paying tribute to the attention which the deceased paid to his religious duties.
The CWGC records Alexander as the son of George and Elizabeth Reid, of Annaginney, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.
Corporal Alexander Reid has no known grave and is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 25 September 1919:
REID In loving memory of my dear brother, 19072 Corporal Alexander Reid, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed in action at Ypres on 29th September 1918.
Far and oft my thoughts do wander
To a grave far, far away,
Where they laid my dearest brother,
Just one year ago today.
He will never be forgotten,
Never will his memory fade
My sweetest thoughts will ever linger.
Out in France, where he is laid.
Ever remembered by his loving sister Annie Caldwell, Tullynure, Donaghmore.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Finelly, Benburb Benburb Census listing in Finelly, Benburb 54.454373 -6.750784
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1 1901 Census lists Alexander Reid Lists Alexander as age 22 living at house 9 in Finelly, Benburb, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Alex Reid Lists Alex as age 32 living as a boarder at house 1 in Foyle Road, Londonderry Urban, Londonderry
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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