Gilmour Murray Reid

Biography of Gilmour Murray Reid

Gilmour Murray Reid
Gilmour Murray Reid

Gilmour Murray Reid was born in 1919 in Main Street, Baillieston, east of Glasgow, to James and Isabella (nee Murray) Reid. His father, James, known as Jimmy, co-owned with his brother Walter the company J & W Reid in Baillieston, which made sparkling waters and lemonade. Gilmour was the youngest of 6 children. The oldest was Willie, born in 1900, who fought in the first World War, then came Jack, Walter, Jim, Margaret (who died of diphtheria, at about one year of age), and Gilmour.

Gilmour went to primary school in Baillieston, got his 'highers' at Coatbridge Secondary School, then went on to the University of Glasgow, the first of his family to attend university. He studied Civil Engineering, however, heand always told them his goal was to build bridges, and he did not finish his degree, as he was drafted into the army at an early stage.

He joined the Royal Artillery, and subsequently volunteered for the RAF, and trained as an observer, hence the 'O' for Observer in the wings on his jacket in the photograph. At the time of his last flight, he was more than half-way though a tour of duty. His plane was shot down on a raid over Magdeburg, Germany, and his body was not recovered. His parents were initially notified only that he was missing in action, although it was known the bomber had been shot down, and as time went on it became obvious Gilmour would not be coming back. His name is inscribed on an RAF memorial in Runnymede, having trained there.


Gilmour Murray Reid
Died 21 January 1944.
University Link: Student
GU Degree: Science and Engineering, 1937-40;
Father's Details: James Reid; Aerated Waters Manufacturer
War Service: Flying Officer, Royal Air Force
Grave / Memorial: Runnymede Memorial, England
View Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
Record last updated: 16th Jan 2013

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