James Mansfield REID MC

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REID, James Mansfield

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 13 May 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd Field Company Engineers
Born: Williamstown, Victoria, 1888
Home Town: Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: BCE Melbourne University
Occupation: Civil Engineer (OIC Linton Skipton Railway)
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 30 October 1917
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot XXI, row BB, Grave No 18
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

13 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
3 Nov 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 2nd Field Company Engineers, Attended Officer Training School, Broadmeadows, No's 1 & 2, 1915 - 1916
11 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 2nd Field Company Engineers, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 2nd Field Company Engineers, RMS Mooltan, Sydney
1 Jan 1916: Promoted Lieutenant, 2nd Field Company Engineers, Promoted to Lieutenant
27 Oct 1917: Wounded Lieutenant, 2nd Field Company Engineers, 2nd Passchendaele , Shell wound (right side) Admitted to 10th casualty clearing station
30 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 2nd Field Company Engineers, 2nd Passchendaele
27 Nov 1917: Honoured Military Cross, Menin Road, For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the successful construction of a strong point just behind the front line, thought badly hampered by the loss of three N.C.O.'s. During the whole of that time his work was subjected to the heaviest shell fire

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) Saturday 30 October 1954

IN MEMORIAM
On Active Service
REID. - In loving memory of Captain James Mansfield Reid, M.C., 2nd Field Company, Engineers, who died of wounds, October 30, 1917, beloved eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Reid, 110 Sackville street, Kew (Inserted by his sisters and brothers)

In Memoriam 1941

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.: 1848 - 1957)
Thursday 30 October 1941
IN MEMORIAM
Roll of Honour-On Active Service
REID -In loving memory of Captain James Mansfield Reid M. C., 2nd Field Company Engineers who died of wounds at the 10thCasualty Clearing Station, Belgium October 30 1917 dearly loved eldest son of Mr. and Mrs G. W. Reid 110 Sackville street Kew
Ever remembered
-{Inserted by his parents sisters and brothers )

Newspaper Reports 1917 at the time of James's Death

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957)
Thursday 22 November 1917
REID. -Died of wounds, 30th October, 1917, Captain James Mansfield Reid, 2nd Field Co. Engineers, dearly loved eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Reid, 28 Mayston street, Upper Hawthorn, and loved brother of Agnes, Andrew, Lillias, and Oswald, aged 29 years.
Duty, nobly done.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.: 1848 - 1957)
Monday 26 November 1917
REID.-A tribute of love to the memory of my dear nephew and our dear cousin, Captain James Mansfield Reid 2nd Field Company Engineers, died of wounds 30th October, 1917.
One of the best.
-(Inserted by his aunt, Miss Easton, and cousins, Dolly and Blanche, 54 Heidelberg road, Clifton Hill.)

The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929)
Tuesday 27 November 1917
THE MILITARY CROSS.
Capt. James Mansfield Reid, Divisional Engineers

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Biography contributed by Georgie Winsor

THE MILITARY CROSS. Capt. James Mansfield Reid, Divisional Engineers Rank from Nominal Roll Captain Unit from Nominal Roll 1st Division Engineers Recommendations (Medals and Awards) Mention in Despatches Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', 4th Supplement, No 29664 (11 July 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 176 (30 November 1916).

Fate Died of wounds 30 October 1917

Age at death from cemetery records: 29

Place of burial Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Plot XXI, row BB, Grave No. 18), Belgium Panel number, Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial 24 

Parents: George and Lillias REID, "Clyde", Sackville Street, Kew East, Victoria.

Native of Williamstown

Victoria Medals: Military Cross 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, in the successful construction of a strong point, just behind the front line, though badly hampered by the loss of three N.C.O.'s’. ‘During the whole of the time his work was subjected to the heaviest shell fire.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137 Date: 30 August 1918

Other details: War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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