Melville Frederick REED

Regimental number6882
Date of birth1 September 1898
Place of birthLaura, South Australia
AddressLaura, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs C M Reed, Laura, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 July 1917
Place of enlistmentLaura, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 October 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Discharge date10 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2974 Pte Leslie Algernon Joseph REED, 32nd Bn, returned to Australia, 8 April 1917.
Other details

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
Date of death23 May 1971
Age at death72
SourcesNAA: B2455, REED Melville Frederick