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United Kingdom. A Military Cross to Lieut. A.E. Reed for Extraction of Guns under Fire at Amiens

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United Kingdom. A Military Cross to Lieut. A.E. Reed for Extraction of Guns under Fire at Amiens

Great Britain; Military Cross, George V; British War Medal (2. LIEUT. A.E. REED.); and Victory Medal with MID Oak Leaf (2. LIEUT. A.E. REED.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, the silver Military Cross with its original ribbon and pinback, in its hardshelled case of issue with recessed medal bed, the BWM and VM with replacement ribbons, dark patina on both the MC and the BWM, gilt wear and light contact on the VM, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Medal Awards Index Card, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Protection Certificate and assorted research papers. Footnote: Albert Edward Reed was born on September 26, 1889 in St. Oswalds Parish, Manchester, Lancashire. An announcement appeared in the London Gazette 27963 of Friday, November 2, 1906, page 7381, that effective October 27, 1906, after limited competition with the Post Office, that Reed had attained a clerkship grouped under the Scheme for Supplementary Establishment of the Secretary's Office, London, at the age of 17, one of seven boy clerks to do so. Reed signed his Attestation Paper as a Gunner (34051, later changed to 58141) with the Royal Horse & Royal Field Artillery on September 9, 1914 in Manchester, seventeen days shy of his twenty-fifth birthday, signing on for a term of three years, unless the war continued, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Sarah Jane Reed of Manchester, which was later changed after her death to her sister, Mrs. L. Marsh of Manchester, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Foreign Correspondent. He was posted as a Gunner to the 250th Battery, Royal Field Artillery on October 25th, followed by an appointment to Acting Bombardier on November 25th. Reed was transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery on January 29, 1915, where he was appointed as an Artillery Clerk at 122nd Brigade Headquarters and promoted to Acting Sergeant on May 3rd. He entered the French theatre on December 24, 1915, beginning what would prove to be a fourteen month interval in France. He was promoted to Bombardier (Artillery Clerk) on January 29, 1916 and near the end of 1916, he was posted as a Clerk to Headquarters First Army Anti-Aircraft Group, British Expeditionary Force on November 27th and served in France with the 144th Heavy Battery. Reed was Mentioned in Despatches, the announcement appearing in the London Gazette on January 4, 1917. He reverted to Bombardier on February 26, 1917 and returned to the United Kingdom with a view to a commission. In the Fall of 1917, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery Special Reserve, effective September 9, 1917, the announcement appearing in the Seventh Supplement to the London Gazette 30310 of Tuesday, September 25, 1917, on Thursday, September 27, 1917, page 9995. 2nd Lieutenant Albert Edward Reed, Royal Garrison Artillery, Special Reserve was awarded the Military Cross, for his actions at Villers Brettonenaux near Amiens, the citation appearing in the Fifth Supplement to the London Gazette 30813 of Tuesday, July 23, 1918, on Friday, July 26, 1918, page 8837: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in command of a section and being ordered to withdraw, he extricated his guns with great skill under heavy fire. A week later, he remained with the last gun of the battery, and used up the remaining ammunition of the other guns which had been withdrawn. By using stragglers and setting a fine example, he was able to withdraw the gun at the last moment. He showed great courage and powers of command." He was promoted to Lieutenant on March 9, 1919, then disembodied to the Reserve, Service Category III at No. 1 Dispersal Unit at Heaton Park, Manchester, on April 3, 1919, still Single and stating his trade was that of Clerk. Albert Edward Reed, M.C. relinquished his commission in the Royal Garrison Artillery, retaining the rank of Lieutenant, effective April 1, 1920, the announcement appearing in the Second Supplement to the London Gazette 32111 of Tuesday, November 2, 1920, on Wednesday, November 3, 1920, page 10723. In addition to the Military Cross, Reed was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal with MID Oak Leaf for his First World War service. Almost ten years after the conclusion of the war, an announcement appeared in the London Gazette 33391 on Tuesday, June 5, 1928, page 3884, that at the age of 39, Reed was identified as one of a number of Skilled Workmen with the Post Office.
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