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14410593   Private Gordon Reid
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 10/10/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Parachute Regiment (British Army)
Died: 07/07/1944 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
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.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Ranville War Cemetery
  Ranville, Calvados, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 3A-E-3
CWGC Casualty 2344197
Ranville is best reached by taking the D513 north-eastwards out of Caen, and after about 9 kilometres turning left at Herouvillette. Go north for one kilometre and then turn left into Ranville village. The War Cemetery is on Rue des Airbornes.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWII - North Panel Cookstown
2 Molesworth St Presbyterian Church WWII Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW2 370
References and Links
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1 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 2010-2023