Milton Reid MM c1915

Milton Reid MM c1915 Son of John & Charlotte Reid


Photo Courtesy of  the Green/Webster family.

Milton Reid, b.1893 – d.1961, a tall red haired man, was decorated in World War l.  He received the Military Medal for Bravery  in July 1917. During his war service he was wounded three times. It appears from reading his Service Records held at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra that he did get in to some “arguments” while with the Army but maybe this possibly fiery nature was also what contributed to his brave actions.

Milton Reid was one of  twenty-five men to form the NSW quota in the Defence Services Coronation Contingency to go to England in January 1937. It appears from his Service Records that he reenlisted in the Australian Military Forces on 31st January 1937 and was discharged on 14th July 1937, maybe this was a requirement to be able to attend the Coronation in England.  As a civilian he also served in the NSW Police Force gaining the rank of Sergeant.  Milton married twice but did not have any children.

N.B.  Source –  NAA-Service Record of Cpl. Milton Reid  –   On 2nd July 1917 it is noted that he was Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, immediately below that, on 20th July 1917 he was Awarded the Military Medal for Bravery then again below that is noted on 22nd August 1917 “Awarded DCM HO 312 of 2nd July 1917, Delete complete entry, incorrect .  Why the Award of the DCM was changed to the MM is not stated.   As both Awards were mentioned in local newspaper reports I wonder if his family were ever advised that the DCM had been cancelled.