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Canadian Virtual War Memorial

James Thomas Reid

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant James Thomas Reid

September 13, 1942

Military Service


Service Number:

R/95363

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 109 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 106.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of James Thomas Reid– Birth: November 27, 1919 
Death: September 13, 1942 

The Reid family of Dryden had six brothers who were all enlisted with the Canadian armed forces during World War II. Hugh and Bill (William) served with the Lake Superior Regiment. Frank was enlisted with the Royal Canadian Artillery. Milton saw action with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles unit. Finally Gordon was a member of the reserve army in Dryden.

Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Family photo– Back row left to right: Milton, Frank (Skeezix), Jim, Hugh, Bill (William Duncan), Gordon

Middle row left to right: Jeanette, Minnie, Ruby, Verna

Front row left ot right: father Duncan Reid, mother Mary Viola (Beddome) Reid

Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Photo of James Thomas Reid– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Memorial– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant James Thomas Reid is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant James Thomas Reid is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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