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Flying Officer Harry Reid of Kirkwall and Toronto

 
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stuartn



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:26 pm    Post subject: Flying Officer Harry Reid of Kirkwall and Toronto Reply with quote

At St Thomas' Church, Pendleton, Salford, Manchester there is a shield shaped wooden board to 7 airmen killed when their Lancaster Bomber PB304 crashed on its return from Normandy to Metheringham, Lincolnshire.
On Sunday 30th July 1944 it crashed into the bank of the River Irwell causing severe damage to property in Regatta Street, and also killing two people on the ground.

Far more details of the incident are on this web-page-
http://aircrashsites.co.uk/raf-crash-sites-1942-1945/013rrruse-2/

One of the 7 airmen killed was-

FLYING OFFICER HARRY REID

Aged 23
106 (R.A.F.) Sqdn
Royal Canadian Air Force
Son of Alex and Jeannie C. Reid, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

He was the navigator

His parents were originally from Kirkwall, and he is buried in Plat 12, Grave 10 at Kirkwall St Olaf's Cemetery.

See WMA report 75876 for more details, including a photograph, which should be on line tomorrow, Good Friday
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a photo of Harry and a brief personal history at:

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/2460487?Harry%20Reid

Thanks for posting this Stuart. It's a reminder of just how many men died in "non-combat" situations - especially in WW2.
I did a quick count on the last memorial I have been researching (Annan) and, even after discounting those who died as PoWs of the Japanese, nearly 20% were non-combat deaths.
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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenneth Morrison wrote:
I did a quick count on the last memorial I have been researching (Annan) and, even after discounting those who died as PoWs of the Japanese, nearly 20% were non-combat deaths.


And for the First World War deaths a few will have been after 11.11.1918 and due to Spanish Flu.

Until penicillin was widely available, disease was a large killer in all armies. In 1915 many poor lads from the most rural parts of the Highlands were laid low in Bedford by measles. Several died before getting anywhere near the front.

Here's another example

Kenneth Morrison wrote:
JOSEPH GRIERSON - died of meningitis at City Hospital, Edinburgh.
He enlisted in April 1916 and was still in training when taken ill.
He is listed on the Buittle WW1 Memorial - his birthplace.

Ken


Thanks

Adam
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