REID, JAMES ALLAN

Birthdate
Birthplace
Farm Point, Quebec, Canada
Age
21
Parents
Son of Levi Cameron and Elizabeth Reid of Farm Point, Quebec, Canada
Religion
United Church
Occupation
Farmer
Service number
C/101820
Engagement
1942-11-09, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Overseas
1943-08-27, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-07-23, France
Date of death
1944-09-08
Died
France, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Royal Canadian Artillery
Plot 7 | Row G | Grave 7

"IN FOND AND LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR SON. LOVE'S GREATEST GIFT, REMEMBRANCE"

Military grave
Additional info

Awarded One Good Conduct Badge on August 7, 1944.

The 23 Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery war diary reports on September 8, 1944: Brugge, Belgium area.

Still unable to contact 'Battle Ech' at 0200 hrs, and fear they may have missed change in GREEN ROUTE thus going right into enemy held Bergues, France. 'R' Battery OP called for track and bogey repairs. AB rejoined Battery after travelling up with 5th Canadian Anti-Tank Regiment, RCA. Captain N. Stavert arrived at 0340 hrs, reported four men killed and 8 wounded in shelling South East of Soex, France. Other units also suffered casualties. 83 Battery lost Gunner Frank Horton Langille (F/10447) 23 Fld Coy, 36 Battery lost Gunners James Allan Reid (C/101820) and Romeo Landry (E/100378), 31 Battery lost Gunner Gordon Fisher (F/86608) (All buried at Adegem). At 0730 hrs, vehicles missing were, 83 Batter: 1 water truck, 1 amn truck, 1 MC - 36 Bty: 1 Carrier and 1 MC - 31 Bty: nil. 'Q' OP tank in the ditch, DC left on position with broken exhaust joint.
We moved at the civilized hour of 1100 hrs, and it was still raining. Unconfirmed reports of 75mm guns at 7697 at 'Vabbecke' (Jabbeke crossing Hugo Verrieststraat and Kroondreef, Belgium). At 1230 hrs the Commanding Officer reported Brugge, Belgium held by SS-troops with approaches covered by Anti-Tank guns. Air operations reports bridge blown on canal South East of Brugge. Lake Superior Regiment trying to work into town or around it. At 1800 hrs, we left the main CL and branched onto a beautiful four lane one way traffic highway, highly reminiscent of the Queen Elizabeth Way, to move into the Regiment area in 7995 (Isenbaertstraat, Jabbeke, Belgium), South West of Brugge. LSR sent patrols across canal and into Brugge - shot at. Air operations registered two targets, using 'R' and 'Q' Batteries. They were road junctions North East of Brugge. Visibility forced him to stop. He had to make forced landing on highway. Fire plan was laid on but cancelled. We do not want to fire into Brugge, a lovely (historical) town, and hope garrison will surrender.