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14410593   Private Gordon Reid
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 19/09/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Parachute Regiment (British Army)
Died: 07/07/1944 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
Summary      
Private Gordon Reid was the son of John & Elizabeth Reid, Cookstown. Gordon was a member of 7th Battalion Parachute Regiment, 5th Parachute Brigade, 6th Airborne. Gordon parachuted into France again on the 6th June 1944. Their objective was to secure the Eastern flanks of the British landings and to secure the village of Benoville and subsequently the area around Ranville. The 6th Airborne spent the next 2 months consolidating their position in this area. Gordon Reid was killed on 7th July 1944.
Further Information
Gordon Reid was the son of John and Elizabeth Reid of Cookstown. He was born about 1924.
Private Gordon Reid served with the 7th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, 5th Parachute Brigade, 6th Airborne. The reason the 6th Airborne were given the number 6, was to mislead the Germans into thinking the British Airborne had six divisions, when in fact they had only two.
The Parachute Regiment was part of the Army Air Corps, The AAC was formed to administer the Glider Regiments and Parachute Regiments in 1942. The Special Air Service (S.A.S.) was included in 1944.
Private Gordon Reid parachuted into France as part of a joint operation with the S.A.S, led by Lieutenant Colonel Blair Mayne, Captain Pat Garstain and four other Ulster born soldiers including Cookstown man, Tot Barker. Their objective was to destroy the train was successful. While being airlifted out the group came under heavy enemy fire and Tot Barker was hauled on to the plane by Blair Mayne.
Private Reid parachuted into France again with the 7th Battalion Parachute Regiment on the 6th June 1944. Their objective was to secure the Eastern flank of the British landings and to secure the village of Benoville and subsequently the area around Ranville. The 6th Airborne spent the next two months consolidating their position in this area.
Private Gordon Reid was killed in action near Ranville on 7th July 1944. He was 20 years old.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated approximately July 1947:
'Sleep on, dear son, in a far off grave,
A grave we may never see;
But as long as life and memory last,
We will remember thee'
Submitted by his family.
Private G Reid is buried at Ranville War Cemetery in Calvados, France. His inscription reads: GONE TO HIS HEAVENLY HOME OF REST, WE MISS HIM MOST WHO LOVED HIM BEST
Gordon Reid is commemorated locally on Cookstown Cenotaph and Molesworth Presbyterian Roll of Honour.
The CWGC record Private Gordon Reid as the son of John and Elizabeth Reid of Cookstown, County Tyrone.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Cookstown area Cookstown Central CWGC lists parents in Cookstown area 54.647160 -6.743601
References and Links
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1 FindAGrave.com Photo of Private Gordon Reid's grave
2 Private Thomas Barker Also involved in the Ranville operation
3 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Gordon Reid's grave can be purchased here
4 Wartime NI Details of Grodon Reid and Tot Barker
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2019