The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Reed
First Name:
Richard Charles
Nick Name:
Rich or Richie
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8503
Classification:
Batman/Runner
Company:
‘A’ Company, No. 5 Platoon.
Enlisted:
18.10.1940
DOB:
11.05.1918
Place of Birth:
Bassendean, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Stephen Francis Reed
Mothers's Name:
Jane Isabella Reed
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Gardener
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Special Memorial 'C', Plot 23, Row D, Grave 11, Age 23.
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Place of Death:
St Andrews Cathedral, Singapore
Date of Death:
16.02.1942
Buried:
South-East corner of St Andrew’s Cathedral

General Description

Reed enlisted AIF 18 Oct 1940 later joined 2/4th MGB’s ‘A’ Company No. 5 Platoon as did John Ramsbottom (later changed to Lane).

Reed was wounded in action on 15.2.1942 at Chinese Cemetery Hill. He was admitted to 2/9th Field Ambulance with shrapnel wounds. Both legs were amputated and soldier died at 0500 hours on 16.2.1942. Funeral service was conducted by Reverend G. Chambers from 35th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery.

Richie Reed was 23 years old when he died 16th February, 1942.

 

J.K. Lane (Ramsbottom) and R.C. Reid
Best mates J.K. Lane (Ramsbottom) and R.C. Reed

 

Reed Richard Charles WX8503
Reed Richard Charles WX8503 – What Price Glory!

 

Reed

Reed Richard Charles

 

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