|Place of birth||Laura, South Australia|
|Address||Laura, South Australia|
|Age at embarkation||19|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs C M Reed, Laura, South Australia|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Laura, South Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||27th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/44/5|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||48th Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
|Family/military connections||Brother: 2974 Pte Leslie Algernon Joseph REED, 32nd Bn, returned to Australia, 8 April 1917.|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Melbourne, 30 October 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 27 December 1917, and marched in to 6th Training Bn, Fovant.
Proceeded overseas to France, 1 April 1918; taken on strength, 48th Bn, in the field, 6 April 1918.
Transferred to England, 9 May 1919; marched in to No 4 Group, 10 May 1919.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Frankfurt', 1 July 1919; found guilty, at sea, 12 August 1919, of refusing to obey an order in that when ordered to clean down the entrance to his sleeping quarters he refused to do so: forfeited 14 days' pay; disembarked Adelaide, 17 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 10 September 1919.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, REED Melville Frederick|