Maj John Boileau Reid

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The Royal Memorial Chapel

Chapel Square

Royal Military Acadamy Sandhurst


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
  • Colonial India
About the memorial: Memorial to Major John Boileau Reid, MBE, Guides Cavalry (10th Queen Victoria’s Own Corps of Guides Frontier Force), I.A.C. Son of Claud Boileau Reid and Edith Amber Reid (nee Hammond) of Camberley, Surrey (Married Oct-Dec 1913 in Farnham District, Surrey). Educated at Sherborne School 1928-33. Gentleman Cadet at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He spent a year in India with 1st Battalion the Dorset Regiment and then joined the Guides Cavalry F.F. During WW2 he served in North Africa and Burma, and was at the taking of Ramree, Akjab and Rangoon. He was awarded the M.B.E. and was mentioned in despatches. He had been sent, as second in command of his Regiment, with an advance party to make arrangements for the transfer of his Moslem regiment from India to Pakistan. This was during the height of the riots and train attacks which followed the partition of India. He was travelling by train to Delhi. The train was packed with refugees, but was stopped near Amritsar and all the passengers killed. His body and those of his party were never recovered. He is also commemorated on the Brookwood (1939-1945) Memorial, Panel 25, Column 3, at the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey; the Punjab Frontier Force Memorial in St Luke's Church, Sydney Street, Chelsea, London and the Sherborne School Book of Remembrance, Dorset.
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Major John Boileau Reid, MBE, Major, Q.V.O. Corps of Guides (Cavalry) F.F., killed on duty near Amritsar, about 31st August 1947, aged 32. "Greater love hath no man than this".

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