Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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19/09/2019 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.
19/09/2019 Gordon Reid was the son of John and Elizabeth Reid of Cookstown. He was born about 1924.
19/09/2019 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.
19/09/2019 Submitted by his family.
19/09/2019 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.
19/09/2019 Private Gordon Reid was killed in action near Ranville on 7th July 1944. He was 20 years old.
19/09/2019 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
19/09/2019 Gordon Reid is commemorated locally on Cookstown Cenotaph and Molesworth Presbyterian Roll of Honour.
19/09/2019 The CWGC record Private Gordon Reid as the son of John and Elizabeth Reid of Cookstown, County Tyrone.
19/09/2019 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated approximately July 1947:
19/09/2019 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.
30/12/2015 'Sleep on, dear son, in a far off grave,
30/12/2015
30/12/2015 We will remember thee'
30/12/2015 But as long as life and memory last,
30/12/2015 A grave we may never see;
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