REID, Samuel Patrick
(Service number 58597)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||28 June 1880||Place of Birth||New Zealand|
|Address at Enlistment||Manse Street, Waimate|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Miss Mary Reid (sister), 21 Russell Street, Dunedin, New Zealand|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces (?)||Served in|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||29th Reinforcements, Canyerbury Infantry Regiment, C Company|
|Date||15 August 1917|
|Transport||HMNZT 92 Ruahine|
|Embarked From||Wellington New Zealand||Destination||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||25 August 1918||Age||37|
|Place of Death||Bapaume, France|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Waimate First World War Memorial|
Samuel Reid, born on 28 June 1880 was the son of Anna Reid of 21 Russell Street, Dunedin, and the late Alexander Reid of Oamaru.
Samuel, aged 37, was working as a plumber for Hunt & Currie of Waimate when he was called up for service in the seventh ballot in 1918 (Waimate Daily Advertiser, 9 May 1917). Living in Manse Street, Waimate, Samuel had previously served in the local Volunteer Corp prior to the war. On enlistment he stated a prefe3rence for being attached to the Engineers
Samuel left for Europe with the 29th Reinforcement, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, from Wellington on HMNZT Ruahine on 15 August 1917, destined for Scotland. Just prior to Christmas, on 5 December, Samuel marched into Etaples Camp in France and then joined the 12th Company in the field on 5 January 1918. Samuel, like many other soldiers, suffered in the conditions at the front, reporting sick at the Field Ambulance on 10 April 1918. Two days later he was admitted to the General Hospital at Rouen, before moving to the hospital at Trouville on 22 April. Three days later he was sent to a convalescent hospital where he spent three weeks recovering, reporting back to his unit on 19 May.
Later, during August 1918 the Canterbury and Otago Battalions were advancing towards Biefvillers, having captured Grevillers east of Bapaume. During the actions, where they were moving astride the Grevillers-Achiet le Petit Rd, southeast of the Albert-Arras railway, Samuel was killed in action on 25 August. Private Samuel Reid was buried in the Grevillers British Cemetery in France.
1918 was a tragic year for the family - Reid's other two brothers also died: Henry in November 1918 at Christchurch, and William in December 1918 at Studholme, Waimate.
Cenotaph database (Ocober 2014); BDM Historical Records (bdmhistoricalrecords,dai.govt.nz); Digitised Military Personal File at Archives NZ; Otago Daily Times; SCroll web submission by G Shannahan, 27 December 2017
Researched and Written by
George Munro, SC branch NZSG; Tony Rippin, South Canterbury Museum
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