Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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10/10/2020 Whose sweet voice from our memories
10/10/2020 Ever remembered by his sister Florrie, brother-in law and little niece Betty. Coagh Street, Cookstown.
10/10/2020 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th July 1945:
10/10/2020 REID – Fond memory of my youngest son and our dear brother, Paratrooper Gordon Reid, killed in North West Europe on 7th July 1944.
10/10/2020 ‘His grave is with the British dead
10/10/2020 Far over the rolling sea
10/10/2020 Where none of all who loved thee here
10/10/2020 Can go to weep for thee
10/10/2020 Dear as the light of day
10/10/2020 Can never pass away.’
10/10/2020 Fondly remembered by mother, brothers, and sister. Coagh Street, Cookstown and Birmingham.
10/10/2020 REID – Loving memories of Gordon, killed in North West Europe on 7th July 1944.
10/10/2020 For his country’s cause, he did fall.
10/10/2020 He sleeps far away in a hero’s grave
10/10/2020 Thou who went to so many hearts
10/10/2020 He died at his post like a soldier brave
10/10/2020 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th July 1945:
10/10/2020 He answered his Captain’s call
11/07/2020 ‘The Queen and I offer you our heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow. We pray that your country’s gratitude for a life so nobly given in its service may bring you some measure of consolation. George, R.I.’
11/07/2020 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 22nd July 1944: Roll of Honour – Killed in Action
11/07/2020 REID – Killed in action in North West Europe in July 1944, Private Gordon Reid, son of Mrs E Reid, Coagh Street, Cookstown.
11/07/2020 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th July 1944: The Late Private Gordon Reid
11/07/2020 I would like to add the most sincere sympathy, both of my battalion and of myself, to the many expressions of sympathy you must have received on your recent tragic loss. Your son died while serving his King and country such as few men have ever been able to serve it before. His was a real man’s death, and I feel sure he would have wished none other. The battalion has put up a splendid performance and the contribution of your son will most certainly never be forgotten. He has been buried in the 6th Airborne Division Cemetery at Ranville and a cross, made by his brother soldiers, has been erected over the grave. This will be replaced in due course with a more permanent cross by the War Graves Commission. If there is any further information you would like, or which you think I could give, please do not hesitate to write to me and ask for it.
11/07/2020 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 12th August 1944:
11/07/2020 Mrs E Reid, of Coagh Street, Cookstown, whose youngest son, Private Gordon Reid, aged 19, was killed on active service in July, has received the following letter from Buckingham Palace:-
11/07/2020 Mrs Reid, of Coagh Street, Cookstown, whose youngest son, Private Gordon Reid, of a parachute regiment, who has been killed in action, has received the following letter from the officer commanding the regiment. He writes:-
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 was the son of John and Elizabeth Reid of Cookstown. He was born about 1924.
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.
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 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 Private Gordon Reid was killed in action near Ranville on 7th July 1944. He was 20 years old.
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 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.
30/12/2015 'Sleep on, dear son, in a far off grave,
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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