Chief Engine Room Artificer William Reid

Chief Engine Room Artificer William Smail Reid, Royal Naval Reserve. He was lost at sea, aged 26, aboard H.M. Submarine E 16 on the 22nd August 1916. He had been born in Jedburgh and was the son of Hugh and the late Agnes Reid of Queen Street, Jedburgh and Washington Road, Kingston-on-Thames and the husband of Agnes Reid of 163 Glasgow Road, Dumbarton. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He had been serving on the super dreadnaught H.M.S. ” Conqueror”  where he was promoted and sent to serve on E 16. On 15th September 1915 the submarine had sung the German U-6 .  E 16 was lost with all 3 Officers and 28 Crew on patrol in the Heligoland Bight and was presumed to have struck a mine. The wreck was discovered in 2001 with a large gaping hole in the hull which seemed to support this theory. The photo shows an R.N. submarine of the Great War.

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