Reid, Leonard Stanley (No. 6844158)

Reid, Leonard Stanley (known to his friends as Basil)

Private

No. 6844158, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment

Died of heart failure on Thursday 28 September 1939 (aged 26)

Buried:

Holywood Cemetery, Co. Down (Protestant Ground Joint Grave 1264)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

Leonard Stanley Reid was born on 14 April 1912 in London and he was a son of Frederick Thomas Andrew Reid and Florence Esther Reid (nee Webb) of 23 Camborne Road, Southfields, London.  They were married on 22 June 1909 in Wandsworth Registrar’s Office, London and they had at least three children:

Ernest Frederick George (born 3 September 1909)

Leonard Stanley (born 14 April 1912)

Violet Winifred (born 10 January 1914)

Frederick Thomas Andrew Reid (aged 29) enlisted in February 1915 for service during the First World War, but he was discharged on medical grounds after ten days.

Before the outbreak of the Second World War Leonard Stanley Reid was a serving soldier in the Northamptonshire Regiment.  Stationed in Northern Ireland, he was 26 and married when he died of heart failure on 28 September 1939 in the Union Hospital, Dundrum.  He was buried on 3 October 1939 in Holywood Cemetery, Co. Down.

There is an inscription on Private Leonard Stanley Reid’s CWGC headstone:

IN LOVING MEMORY

OF MY DEAR SON

SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS

He had been predeceased by his father.