REED, George

No.540188, Private, George Frederick REED
Aged 18
No medals
15th Battalion, London Regiment (Civil Service Rifles)
Died of Illness on Saturday, 26th October 1918

Frederick George Reed was born in Isleham on 8th July 1900 (Newmarket Q3-1900 3B:524) and baptised in Isleham on 30th September 1900, son of Frederick and Mary REED ( née GOODCHILD).

1901 census...Aged 8 months, he was at West Street, Isleham, with his father Frederick REED [39] a market gardener/shoemaker; his mother Mary [39], bread baker; sisters Ellen [14], Laura [13], Elizabeth [9], Esther [7] and Mary [4] and brothers Robert[11] and Arthur [5]. The whole family were born in Isleham.

1911 census...Aged 10, he was at Field Farm, Isleham, with his parents and brothers Robert, Arthur and Richard [7].

By 1918 his parents, and brother Robert were at Field Farm, Isleham, sister Mrs Ellen Turner was at Landwade, sister Laura Turner was also at Landwade, sister Elizabeth Loke was in Cambridge, sister Esther Myson was at Little London, Isleham, and sister Mary was in Ireland (this from his army records).

His elder brother, Arthur, was killed at Ypres in 1915. see here

He was mobilised on 8th October 1918, aged 18 years 3 months, a horse man, living at Field Farm, Isleham. He was 5' 5.5" tall, weighed 120 lbs, chest 35.5" to 38", brown eyes and brown hair.

He was admitted to Fulham Military Hospital where he died from influenza and pneumonia at 11.45 on 26th October 1918. He was taken home to Isleham for burial in the cemetery there.

George Frederick Reed is buried in Isleham Cemetery (Church ground)

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