Private Joseph Reid

Private Joseph Reid, “A “Coy, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Palestine on 28th November 1917 aged 26. He had been born in Newcastle and was the son of Robert and Catherine Reid who ran the Commercial Hotel, High Street, Coldstream and is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial. Before enlisting he had been employed as a housepainter in Coldstream and he joined his Battalion in Egypt in early 1916. He fell in the attack on the Suffa Ridge  in Palestine where the Battalion suffered casualties of 1 Officer and 7 Other Ranks killed and 1 Officer and 22 Other Ranks wounded. ” A ” Coy was based in Kelso with a detachment at Jedburgh. The photograph shows the Borderers on the march in Palestine in late 1917. The third photo shows Alec Lawrie and Jim Murray in Palestine. they all played for Coldstream F.C. and the Commercial Hotel was their “local”.

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