Next of kin plaque : Corporal J D Reid, 13 Battalion, AIF

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Accession Number REL34823
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Bronze
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1922
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Bronze next of kin plaque showing Britannia and a lion together with the words 'HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR'. The name of the dead soldier, 'JOHN DILL REID', is inscribed in raised letters within a raised rectangle. The plaque is displayed in a circular, gold painted, wood and plaster frame. On the reverse is a cardboard backing with a wire hanging loop.

History / Summary

Next of kin plaque sent to the family of 308 Corporal John Dill Reid. Within weeks of the outbreak of the First World War, Reid, a 21 year old poultry farmer from Holdsworthy, NSW, enlisted with C Company, 13 Battalion on 23 September 1914.

He embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Ulysses on 22 December. After a period of training in Egypt Reid landed under fire at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli at around 9.30 on the night of 25 April 1915. He was killed in action the following day. He has no known grave, and his name is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial.

His brother, 4523 Private Marcus Dill Reid, also served with the 13th Battalion, on the Western Front. He died of wounds received in action on 13 July 1917 in Belgium. Both brothers' photographs, medals and next of kin plaques are held in the Memorial's collection.