Reid, James (US Army)

Reid, James


312th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division, US Army

Died on Friday 7 March 1919 (aged 29)


St. Mihiel American Cemetery, France (Plot A Row 9 Grave 10)


American Battle Monuments Commission

Carrowdore Presbyterian Church


James Reid was born on 15 April 1889 in Carrowdore and he was a son of John and Hester Anna (sometimes Esther, sometimes Essie) Reid (nee Orr) who were married on 17 October 1879 in Carrowdore Presbyterian Church.  John Reid from Cardy was a son of John Reid, a farmer.  Hester Orr from Carrowdore was a daughter of Robert Orr, a shoemaker.

The Reid family lived in Carrowdore.

John Reid worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Essie had six children:

Jane Briers (born 15 December 1882 in Carrowdore)

Matilda (Tilda, born 16 April 1886 in Carrowdore)

James (born 15 April 1889 in Carrowdore)

Margaret (Maggie, born 24 January 1892 in Carrowdore)

Nevin (born 25 October 1895 in Carrowdore)

Robert John (born 22 December 1899 in Carrowdore)

All six children were baptised in Carrowdore Presbyterian Church.

James Reid worked as a labourer both before and after he moved to the United States of America.  He and Niven Boyd Stewart, also from Carrowdore, lived in Chicago, Illinois and it was there that both men enlisted on 5 June 1917.

James Reid served with the 312th Infantry Regiment 78th Infantry Division US Army and he died on 7 March 1919.  Niven Boyd Stewart was killed in action on 10 November 1918.

Private James Reid and Corporal Niven Boyd Stewart are both commemorated in Carrowdore Presbyterian Church.

Private James Reid’s mother Essie died on 15 August 1930 (aged 73) and his father John died on 6 April 1935 (aged 83).