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John Henry REID

B: 1st July 1897  D: 1st Sept 1969

Born: 1st July 1897, Farina SA (Genealogy SA database: Book/Page: 606/85)

Died: 1st September 1969, Myrtle Bank SA (Genealogy SA database: Book/Page: 74A/6472); ‘Single’, buried 8th January 1970, Centennial Park Cemetery SA RSL/Wall 130/F004




Paternal Grandparents: John REID b: c1828 Cavan, Ireland; arr SA 1840 on ‘William Nichol’; d. 23rd November 1863 Adelaide SA.; buried West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide SA. No details of a marriage and/or name of mother of son John Henry Reid

Maternal Grandparents: Clement BRALLA  b. c1840 Copiapo, Atacama, Chile (named Clemente Varela Flores);  arr SA 1854 ‘Malacca’;  d. 4th June 1918 Pt Augusta SA (res Farina SA)  (Genealogy SA database: Book/Page 419/82); buried Pt Augusta Cemetery; married  29tg December 1861 St Mary Wallaroo Mine SA
Johanna/h (or Johana) BAILEY (also BALEYS/BAYLEYS)  b. c1846 Chile;  d. 6th February 1881 Beltana (Genealogy SA database: Book/Page 108/391); buried ?                                                  Clement’s  2nd marriage: Martha DEDMAN (1.1.1891 Farina SA); no children

Father: John Henry REID b. Adelaide 6th October 1860 (he lost both parents in infancy; reared by his Uncle, the Rev Richardson Reid of Trinity Church North Terrace Adelaide. Working on the new rail line to Alice Springs c1884 J.H. Reid noticed carbonaceous shale near Leigh Creek; the first white man to discover coal in the state);  d: 31st Dec 1923 Adelaide (res Broken Hill NSW): (Genealogy SA database: Book/Page: 467/250; buried: West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide SA

Parents’ Marriage: 6th Feb 1881 Res of Clement Bralla Beltana SA  (Genealogy SA database: Book/Page: 126/541)

Mother: Mary Ann BRALLA   b: 15th April 1863 Worlds End Station SA (Genealogy SA database: Book/Page: 28/280);  d: 7th July 1959 Somerton Park SA. (Genealogy SA database: Book/Page: 893/4403); buried: West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide SA


Isaiah (Isiah) b. 21st March 1882; m. Mary Elizabeth BENNET 25-Mar-1909;  d. 22nd February 1963   

Amelia Johan/na b. 11th May 1883; m. David Augustine CROCKER 11th September 1907; d. 17th May 1932                                                                                                                                      –

Grace b. 3rd April 1885, m. John McCONVILLE 29th March 1910; d. 21st September 1961                                                                                                                                

Harrold Armi/enius (or Armenous) b. 19th April 1887; m. Lillian BRUCE 21st September 1910; d. June 1979    

Percy Emmanuel b. 8th September 1889; d.1983                                                                         

Hilary Clement b. 4th (or 27th) August 1892; Pte, 7th Light Horse regiment C Squadron, embarked Sydney NSW 19 December 1914; returned to Australia 15 November 1918; d. 8th August 1989 

Zela Mabel b. 11th June 1894;  m. John Frederick TURNER 6th April 1915;  d. 26th February 1925

Vera Mary b. 12th September 1900, m. Thomas McLellan MOFFITT 31st March 1930;  d. December 1992

No biography has been written at this time.


Enlisted 20 March 1916, Adelaide SA  Occupation: Station Hand

Service No. 1923  Rank: Private 2nd Reinforcements  5th Pioneer Battalion

Embarked Adelaide 11 April 1916 on HMAT A60 ‘Aeneas’    (SLSA photo downloaded)

Disembarked Suez 15 May 1916

Embarked Alexandria 21 June 1916 on HT ‘Ivernia’

Disembarked Marseilles 29 June 1916

Active Service France from 24 August 1916

Appointed Driver 30 May 1917

On leave UK 11 – 24 September 1917, then rejoined Unit

Hospitalised in France  15 March 1918

Invalided to England with Influenza 26 March 1918

Proceeded to France 19 June 1918; rejoined Unit 29 June 1918

On leave UK 20 October – 3 November 1918; rejoined Unit

Mobilised to return to Australia- left France 15 April, arrived in England 16 April 1919.

Embarked England on HMAT ‘Beltana’ 2 June 1919

Disembarked Adelaide Australia 15 July 1919

Discharged 29 August 1919

No known land ownership.

Virtual War Memorial: John Henry REID

The information in this profile of John Henry REID was compiled by Farina Restoration volunteer Heather Eldridge.