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Name: Thomas Barnes REED
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: T B Service No.:
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Watsons Buildings, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 21
Unit: 1st Bn The Tyneside Scottish, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 16 Whitewell Terrace, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Miner at Clara Vale Colliery. (occasionally at the Catherine Pit).
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Monday 20th May 1940
Place of Death: France
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Bible Communicant Member, Holy Cross Church, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas de Calais, France.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Evening Chronicle, In Memoriam; 20th May 1944.
Family Details:
Son of John Young Reed and Isabella Reed, of 16 Whitewell Terrace, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Uncles: Guy, and Thomas. Cousin: Alexander.
Notes : Thomas was educated at Ryton schools. He was a member of Ryton Holy Cross Church Choir and Ryton Boy Scouts. His sports varied but his main passion was playing tennis. Thomas joined the Territorials pre war and refused exemption to be released as a Class B. He was sent out to France with his unit in September 1939, to fight a rearguard action against the advancing German forces. It was not until 1946 that his parents found out the circumstances surrounding his death. A comrade visited his parents and informed them that Thomas was lying gravely wounded when a German tank ran over him and death was instantaneous. An uncle, Guy Murray Harbottle, died of wounds received in action in 1917, during World War 1 whilst serving with the Durham Light Infantry. Another uncle, Thomas B. Reed died as a direct result of gas poisoning in 1921 attributed to his service in World War 1. A cousin, Alexander Barnes Reed, was killed in June 1941, whilst serving with the Royal Navy when his ship struck a mine in the Humber Estuary.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Army Roll of Honour, 1939-45. Newcastle Evening Chronicle, North East Heroes, 13th June 1942. Blaydon Courier, 27th June 1941. Information from family members.
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