Lieutenant NORMAN WILLIAM 'Gunner' REID (photo added)

Serviceman Headstone thumbnail image Serviceman grave marker Serviceman thumbnail
Rank Lieutenant
Forenames NORMAN WILLIAM 'Gunner'
Surname REID (photo added)
Initials N W
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death Tuesday, 06 June 1944
Age 27
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From PLYMOUTH, DEVON, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number 214389
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Royal Engineers
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 286 Airborne Field Park Company, Royal Engineers (6th Airborne Division)
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration RANVILLE CHURCHYARD
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location Grave 8.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph WE SHALL NEVER FORGET YOU DEVOTED HUSBAND OF PHYLLIS. DARLING DAD OF IAN
Family Details SON OF JAMES JOHN AND MABEL MAY REID, OF PLYMOUTH; HUSBAND OF PHYLLIS IRENE REID, OF PLYMOUTH.

Additional Information

 

 

Commissioned on the 25th October 1941, Lieutenant NORMAN WILLIAM REID transferred to the Royal Engineers in December 1942. He came to be known as ‘Gunner’ as a result of his previous service with the Royal Artillery.

 

Lieutenant NORMAN WILLIAM REID was in command of an advance detachment, in 4 gliders, made up of 15 sappers, 3 bulldozers, tipper trailer, Jeep, air compressor, fuel, tools and supplies. They were scheduled to land in Normandy at 03.20 hours, with the first waves of gliders in Operation TONGA.

 

Lieutenant NORMAN WILLIAM REID was killed by a sniper soon after landing and became the first 6th Airborne Division engineer officer to be killed in Normandy.1

 

 

Lieutenant NORMAN WILLIAM REID, undated.

 

 

Headstone for Lieutenant NORMAN WILLIAM REID.

 

 

 

References
1. Photographs and additional information, unless otherwise credited, kindly provided by Jon Reid, grandson of Lieutenant Norman William Reid.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph: Jon Reid, grandson of Lieutenant Norman William Reid.
Additional photographs provided by: Jon Reid, grandson of Lieutenant Norman William Reid and Carl Shilleto.
Additional information provided by: Jon Reid, grandson of Lieutenant Norman William Reid, Carl Shilleto, Airborne Assault Paradata

 

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Jon Reid

Dear Grandfather - Thankyou for all you have given.

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015