James Reid

Bank: National Bank of Scotland

Place of work: Glasgow Bothwell Street branch

Died: 23 October 1916


James Reid was born on 2 December 1893, the son of Robert Reid, a plater in Yarrows Shipbuilding Yard in Glasgow, and his wife Catherine. In February 1912, when he was 18 years old, he went to work for National Bank of Scotland as an apprentice at its Glasgow Paisley Road branch. He moved to Glasgow Bothwell Street branch in May 1914, and became a clerk there in February 1915.


During the First World War Reid left the bank to go on military service, and by 1916 he was a Second Lieutenant in the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), on active service in France. He was killed in action on the Somme on 23 October 1916. He was 22 years old.


James Reid is commemorated on a bank war memorial at Gogarburn campus, Edinburgh

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Douglas James Reid November 11 2014 11:22AM

Almost 100 years on and, only in the last few years, have I determined the time and place where James Reid was lost. Ninety years on, in 2006, to the day, I stood at the location where the assault took place. Within the Guards Cemetery at Lesboeufs there is a Gravestone inscribed "A Second Lieutenant of the Cameronians".Four 2nd Lieutenants were lost that day in 1916 and never found. 2nd Lieutenant James Reid would have been my Uncle had he not been lost.