Private Alexander Reid 42397

Soldier Factfile

Name:  Private Alexander Reid, 42397

Date of Birth:  13.11.1880

Address:   11, Lower Vincent Street, Auckland

Parents Names: 

Leslie Reid (Sergeant in the Royal Marine Light Infantry) d. Pre 1901

Eliza Read

Occupation before the war:   Bootmaker for the Co operative Boot Company in Auckland NZ

Siblings Names:

Leslie b.1864  |  Mary Ann b.1870  |  William J b.1873  |

Emma b1895  |  Margaret b.1896  |  Martha b.1897  |  Harry S b.1898

Date Died:   4.10. 1917

Age:  36

Place of Death:   Belgium

Place of Burial/Memorial:  Tyne Cot Memorial

Cause of death:   Reported missing on 3rd/4thOctober 1917 and Board of Enquiry in April 1918 stated that he was killed in action on 4.10.18


A Company


New Zealand Expeditionary Forces Auckland Regiment


British War Medal

Victory Medal

Any other information (e.g. Service Record/ appearance etc)

  • In 1871 census, father was a shoe riveter with an army pension, aged 41 years old
  • Born in England
  • 1i 1911 he was living with the Spence Family as a boarder in Edward Street.
  • Enlisted 31.10.1916 and stated that he had lived in New Zealand for 5 years.
  • Stated both parents were dead.
  • Next of Kin registered as brother, Leslie Read of Roseberry House, 48, Danes Hill Rd, Leicester (originally Leicester Road, Anstey) as well as Mr E. Brown, a friend of above address.
  • He was 5’ 9” tall and weighed 11stn 7lbs.
  • Fair hair; blue eyes