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William Reed

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Rank & Name
Gunner William Reed
Unit
No. 108456, 251st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Atrillery
How & When Died
Killed in Action, 28 August 1918
Age, if known
25 years. Date of birth, 29 September 1892
Next of Kin details
Son of Alfred and Annie Louise Reed, of Barwick Terrace, Barwick in Elmet, Leeds.
Commemoration Details
Buried at Wancourt British Cemetery, near Arras, France. Plot IV, Row B, Grave 33.
Other Information / Remarks
William Reed lived at Briggate (later Main Street), Garforth. He was the eldest of six children to Fred and Annie Reed (nee Perkins). His brothers and sisters were, Annie, Emma, Fred (died aged 4 years), Jack and Alfred. It was not unusual at this time for bereaved parents to give a subsequent child the same name as one who had already died, especially as in this case the dead child had the name of his father.
William Reed was born in Hunslet, Leeds, the only one of the six Reed children not born in Barwick, and moved to Potterton Lane in the village between 1893 - 1896.

On 15 April 1915, He married Gladys Mary Eaton at All Saints' Church in Barwick, and it was as a couple that they moved to live in Garforth. Gladys died on 4 October 1916 soon after the birth of their son, Colin who was born on 12 September 1916. While Gladys died, Colin survived, only to die in the influenza epidemic at the age of two years.
William Reed volunteered for the Army and was attested on 10 December 1915. He was caled to join the Army in early 1916.
In a letter from November 1917, copied to me by William Reed's nephew, Mr F. Reed, formerly of Barwick, it is clear that although he was having to face the worst of the flanders weather, he was still concerned about life at home. The war was not mentioned other than commenting on the heavy rain which had recently fallen. There is also a request in the letter for the local newspaper to be sent "as often as possible".

Obituary notices appeared in the Yorkshire Evening Post on Friday 13 September, Saturday 14 September and Monday 16 September 1918.

I am very grateful to Mr Reed and his family, for the information above, and for allowing me to use the photographs of his uncle which appear on the photographs page.
Photographs

Remembering the Fallen of Two Villages on the Eastern Fringes of Leeds.

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