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.