Reid, Gordon Wemyss (No. 590717)

Reid, Gordon Wemyss (Gordon)

Flight Sergeant

No. 590717, Royal Air Force

Killed in an aircraft accident on Wednesday 14 January 1942 (aged 25)


Bushey (St. James) Churchyard, Hertfordshire, England (Section A Grave 23)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Sullivan Upper School Holywood


Gordon Wemyss Reid was born on 11 July 1916 and his birth was registered in Birkenhead, Cheshire.  He was a son of Thomas Wemyss Reid and Margery Ann Reid (nee Robinson).  Gordon’s father, Thomas Wemyss Reid (one of eight children) was born on 22 November 1886 in Scotland and he was a son of Alexander Goran Reid and Mary Jane Reid, both of whom were born in England.  It is recorded in the 1911 Census that Alexander Goran Reid was working as a railway general manager in Dublin and that Thomas was a student in Dublin.

Thomas Wemyss Reid and his family moved from Birkenhead to Northern Ireland and they lived at 3 Moffett’s Terrace, Demesne Road, Holywood, Co. Down.  Gordon attended Belmont Public Elementary School and then Sullivan Upper School, Holywood from 1929 until 1932.

When he left school, Gordon Reid joined the Royal Air Force and his marriage to Dorothy Hilda Lack was registered in the third quarter of 1940 in Watford, Hertfordshire.  Dorothy Reid lived in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire.

Flight Sergeant Gordon Wemyss Reid (No. 590717) was 25 when he was killed in an aircraft accident in Scotland on 14 January 1942 and he was buried in Bushey (St. James) Churchyard, Hertfordshire, England.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:




Flight Sergeant Gordon Wemyss Reid (No. 590717) is commemorated in Sullivan Upper School.  His father’s death was registered in the second quarter of 1971 in Uckfield, Sussex.