Private James Reid, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

James Reid

James Reid

Identified as lantern slide 59 (LHS)

James Reid was born in 1898 to David Reid and Sarah McLaughlin.

David and Sarah married in Donegall Pass Presbyterian Church on Christmas Eve 1890.

He is listed aged 5 on the 1901 census living in Craigavad Street with his parents, elder sister Agnes and little sister Nelly. His little brother David had died in 1901 aged only 1 year old. A new brother John McManus was born in 1902. Agnes then died in 1905 aged 11 years old.

By 1911 the remaining family had moved to Rowan Street.

John McManus married Agnes Neill in Agnes Street Presbyterian Church on 27 December 1921.  Their child Sarah McLaughlan Reid was born in September 1922 but died 3 weeks later on 5 October 1922. She was buried from 19 Rowan Street and is buried in public ground at Belfast City Cemetery.

The family of James’ sister Nelly say that James Reid was over six feet tall and had to have his boots specially made as his feet were so big!

James enlisted as a Private in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (S/N 13006)Reid James scroll (Kathleen Morrison)

Reid James medals (Kathleen Morrison)He entered the war in Gallipoli on 11 July 1915 and was listed as wounded in the Dardanelles only a month later.

He was killed within the year at the Somme on 1st July 1916. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory medal, sent to his next of kin in 1922.

He is remembered at Thiepval Memorial and by Castleton Lanterns and Alexandra Presbyterian Church.

Reid James image (Kathleen Morrison)

Thanks to relative Kathleen Morrison for the additional photographs and as always to

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