Captain William Reid

Captain William Leonard Reid, 2nd Battalion ,Dorset Regiment. He was died from wounds in Mesopotamia after the action at Fort Shatita on 15th April 1915, aged 24. He was a Regular soldier and an Old Boy of St Marys school, Melrose . He had beern born in Foulden and his parents were the Reverend John and Martha Reid of Foulden Manse, Foulden, Berwickshire and he is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq. After Melrose he had completed his education in Germany before going to Sandhurst.  He was commissioned in 1909 and joined the Dorsets in India in 1910. He saw service in India, in Poona then Deolali before being sent to Mesopotamia on the out break of war. His three brothers were serving,  John Reid was in the Royal Navy aboard H.M. Submarine D8, Charles was with the Scottish Horse and Robert was with the 9th Battalion, Royal Scots ( the Dandy Ninth ). John was later lost in the Baltic Sea in June 1919 in action against the Bolsheviks. ( see under Lieutenant John Reid above )

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