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Francis William REID

Regimental number1638
Place of birthPortland, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressFurner, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 6"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Christopher Alec. Reid, Furner, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in South Africa with B Squadron, Imperial Light Horse (2 years)
Enlistment date31 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1638B
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Ammunition Column
FateReturned to Australia 7 June 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Mary REID
Discharge date17 August 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 1st Light Horse Reserve Regiment, Heliopolis, 1 March 1916.

Transferred to 5th Divisional Artillery, 21 April 1916; taken on strength of 5th Divisional Ammunition Column as a Gunner, 26 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 26 April 1916.

Appionted Driver, 7 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France from England, 8 September 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, no date stated.

Marched out of 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, 5 October 1916, and marched into Australian General Base Depot, Etaples, the same day.

Transferred to 5th Divisional Artillery, 30 October 1916; taken on strength of 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, 3 November 1916.

Regimental Number altered to 1638B, 3 November 1916.

Sent to hospital, 27 November 1916; admitted to No 38 Casualty Clearing Station, 28 November 1916; transferred to No 23 Ambulance Train, 29 November 1916; to No 2 General Hospital, Le Havre, 30 November 1916 (piles); discharged to Base Depot, 12 December 1916; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Etaples, 14 December 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 22 December 1916.

On leave to England, 20 July 1917; rejoined unit, 31 July 1917.

On leave to the United Kingdom, 18 March 1918; rejoined unit, 6 April 1918.

Marched of 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, 26 April 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot for medical examination, 28 April 1918 (Asthma E.).

Proceeded to England, 18 May 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot, 19 May 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Essex', 7 June 1918; disembarked Sydney, 1 August 1918; discharged Adelaide (medically unfit: chronic bronchitis), 17 August 1918.

Total war service: 2 years 352 days (of which 2 years 257 days were abroad).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 June 1927
Age at death55
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 7 West, Grave 15), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, REID Francis William

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