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Name: Alexander Barnes REED
Casualty No.: Ranks: Petty Officer Stoker Initials: A B Service No.: C/K 65603
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 35
Unit: HMS Pintail, Royal Navy.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Stargate, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 54 Stargate, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Miner at Stargate Colliery.
How Died: Lost at sea.
Date of Death: Tuesday 10th June 1941
Place of Death: At sea.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Stargate War Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Atlantic Star. War Medal. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Evening Chronicle, In Memoriam; 10th June 1942 and 10th June 1944.
Family Details:
Son of Edmund and Margaret Reed, of 54 Stargate, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of Edith Mary Reed, of Haydon Bridge, Northumberland. Sons: Teddy and Alex. Brothers: Guy, and Edward. Sisters: Betty and Martha. Uncles: Guy, and Thomas. Cousin: Thomas.
Notes : Alexander had received the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal for fifteen years service with the Royal Navy. He was a competitive sportsman and had represented the Navy at rugby, winning several awards. During the Dunkirk evacuation his ship made five perilous journeys to take part in the rescue of troops. He was later wounded at sea. Before joining the Navy, Alexander was connected with the Ryton Holy Cross Church and Ryton Boy Scouts. His father, Edmund, served in the Boer War and World War 1 and continued to serve with the Home Guard during World War 2. Brother, Guy, served with the Gordon Highlanders. A cousin, Thomas Barnes Reed, was killed in action in May 1940, whilst serving with the Black Watch (Tyneside Scottish), at Dunkirk. An uncle, Guy Murray Harbottle, died of wounds received in action during World War 1 in 1917, whilst serving with the Durham Light Infantry. Another uncle, Thomas B. Reed, died in 1921 as a direct result of gas poisoning, attributed to service in World War 1. HMS Pintail was sunk in the Humber Estuary when she struck a mine whilst carrying out coastal convoy duties. The captain, six officers and forty eight ratings lost their lives, twenty two other crew were rescued.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Blaydon Courier, 24th and 27th June 1941. Information from family members.
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