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Reid, John Boileau (1914-1947)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who have lost their lives in the service of their country, 1919-1939 and 1946 to date.


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Details: John Boileau Reid (1914-194&), born 24 December 1914 in Stockport, son of Claude Boileau Reid and Edith Amber Reid (née Cook), East Portlemouth, Salcombe, Devon.


Attended Connaught House, Weymouth, Devon.


Attended Sherborne School (Harper House), September 1928-July 1933; 6th form (Army Class); Class Leader; 3rd XI (1933); Lance-Corporal in OTC.


Attended Royal Military College, Sandhurst.


Major, Guides Cavalry (10th Queen Victoria’s Own Corps of Guides Frontier Force), I.A.C.


Killed on 29 August 1947 at Amritsar when, as second in command of the Regiment, he was going on in advance to arrange for its move to Pakistan. He was travelling by train to Delhi. The train was packed with refugees, but was stopped outside Delhi and all the passengers killed. Major Reid's body was never recovered.


Commemorated at:

Brookwood (1939-1945) Memorial, Panel 25, Column 3, Brookwood Military Cemetery.

Punjab Frontier Force Memorial.

Sherborne School Book of Remembrance.


Old Shirburnian Society Annual Record, September 1948:

Reid, John Boileau (d, 1928-1933) came of a long line, on both sides of his family, who served in India. His great-grandfather was Joseph Henry Wright, who left the School as far back as 1841 and became a Major H.E.I.C.S. Major Wright’s daughter married Colonel Sir Arthur Hammond, V.C., who was at Sherborne from 1852-1860 and was one of seven brothers who were all educated here. John Reid, on leaving School, went to Sandhurst, where he gained a prize for physical training. He spent a year in India with 1st Dorsets and then joined the Guides Cavalry F.F. During the late war 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. At the time of his death he was a Major T./Lieutenant-Colonel. In August 1947, while second in command of his regiment, he was posted as missing, and is now presumed to have lost his life at that time. He had been sent 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. Not one of the party has been heard of since, but it is thought probable that they were travelling on a train which was attacked by a mob near Amritsar early on Sunday, August 31st. No record has been found, but as there was then no hostility against the British, there can be little doubt that he and his men went in to try and protect the refugees on the train and were overwhelmed. Had he lived he was to have transferred to the Queen’s Bays on his return from India.

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