Reed, MC, Walter Nelson

The Military Cross (MC) is the third-level military decoration awarded to officers and (since 1993) other ranks of the British Armed Forces, and formerly awarded to officers of other Commonwealth countries. The award was created on 28 December 1914 for commissioned officers of the substantive rank of Captain or below and for Warrant Officers.
The MC is granted in recognition of “an act or acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land” to all members of the British Armed Forces of any rank.

Born Middlesbrough. Second son of Mr John Reed, of 50 St James Road, Carlisle.

Walter Nelson Reed was on the engineering staff at the North Eastern Railways, in Hull. He was an old Middlesbrough High school Boy and educated at Manchester University with a B.Sc degree, in Engineering. Shortly after the outbreak of war, he received a commission in the Royal Garrison Artillery. Lieutenant Reed went to France in 1915. He served with the Royal Garrison Artillery, 10th Siege Bty., and was awarded the Military Cross in the last six weeks. He was killed in action, on 27/10/1916. He left £324 in his will, to his father John, who was an accountant.

His death was reported in the Hull Daily Mail, on 02/11/1916.

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