Reid, Francis Graham

Reid, Francis Graham

Sub-Lieutenant (A)

HMS Landrail, Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Sunday 12 March 1944 (aged 24)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Auckland (Panel 9)

New Zealand National War Memorial in Wellington

New Zealand Cenotaph Database in Auckland War Memorial Museum

Takapuna War Memorial

Takapuna Grammar School

BIOGRAPHY

Francis Graham Reid was a son of Robert Theodore Reid and Kathleen Lena Reid of 8 Beresford Street, Bayswater, Auckland, New Zealand and he was unmarried.  During the Second World War Sub-Lieutenant (A) Francis Graham Reid served with the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve at the Royal Naval Air Station Machrihanish (named HMS Landrail on 15 June 1941), which was located on the western side of the Kintyre peninsula in Scotland.  Most of the operations from there focused on training.

On 12 March 1944, Sub-Lieutenant (A) Francis Graham Reid was the pilot of a Supermarine Seafire aircraft (LR846) based at RAF Ballyhalbert that crashed into the sea one mile east of Portavogie, following practice dogfighting.  Sub-Lieutenant (A) Francis Graham Reid was 24 when he was killed, and his body was never recovered.

Sub-Lieutenant (A) Francis Graham Reid is commemorated on the New Zealand Naval Memorial in Devonport, Auckland; on the New Zealand National War Memorial in Wellington; on the New Zealand Cenotaph Database in Auckland War Memorial Museum; on Takapuna War Memorial and in Takapuna Grammar School.