Private/Lieutenant Bernard Reed 15/751

Private/Lieutenant Bernard Reed

Born. Leeds, 1896.
Killed in action. 12th April 1918, Aged 22.

Bernard was the son of Joseph and Sarah Ann Reed of 2 Well Close Place, Blackman Lane, Leeds.

Like many ‘old boys’ of Leeds Modern School, he joined the “Pals” in September 1914.

Trained as a Platoon Bomber he was soon promoted to Sergeant serving in Colsterdale, Egypt and France. He was given a commission into the 10th battalion West Yorks regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant and returned on attachment to the “Pals”. Rapidly promoted to Lieutenant he was by 1918, Acting Captain on staff duties.

When the German March offensive was under way and the “pals” were falling back under the onslaught, he volunteered to rally three battalions and was killed while galloping forward at their head. His commanding officer wrote, ”He was as brave as a lion, conscientious in all he did, and devoted to his duty, for which he laid down his life.”

His body was never recovered so he is commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

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