|Place of birth||Geelong, Victoria|
|School||State School and Gordon College, Victoria|
|Address||165 Malop Street, Geelong, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||J Reid, 165 Malop Street, Geelong, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served as Sergeant in 70th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Sergeant|
|Unit name||29th Battalion, A Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/46/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Sergeant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||29th Battalion|
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||'He was simply a dear home lad who early answered the call & died in the cause of freedom.' (father)|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||22|
|Place of burial||Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row C, Grave No 2), France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: James and Rosa REID, 'Alex', 13 Swanston Street, Geelong, Victoria|
|Family/military connections||Cousins: 1 died in the South African War; one killed in action, France.|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Embarked Melbourne, 10 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.
Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 27 January 1916 (bronchial catarrh); discharged to duty, 31 January 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.
Missing in action, 19-20 July 1916.
Court of Inquiry, held in the field, 23 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'KILLED IN ACTION, 20 July 1916'.
Handwritten note on file: 'Believed buried in vicinity of Fleurbaix Sh 36'.
Note, Red Cross File No 2270108: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'
Statement, 763 Pte P. BROMFIELD, C Company, 29th Bn (patient, 2nd Southern General Hospital, Soutmead, Bristol, England), 16 November 1916: ' Pte. Buckland A. Coy. 29th Batt: told me that he saw Sergt. J.A. Reid killed in the night of July 19th. in the German trenches they were attacking. The trenches were in front of Fromelles and were not held. Reid's body was left there.'
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory MedalOriginally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 1), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
|Miscellaneous details||Name entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as James Allen REID.|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, REID James Alexander
Red Cross file 2270108