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Pte. Thomas Reed

British Army Northumberland Fusiliers 11th Btn.

from:133, Northbourne St., Elswick, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

(d.7th June 1917)

Thomas was the fourth child of Edward and Alice Reed, of 133, Northbourne St., Elswick, Newcastle-on-Tyne, the youngest of three brothers. The eldest Edward survived the war, as did his sister Mary the twin of the second son Joseph. I believe Joseph (Service number 2346) may have been a regular soldier, he served in the 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fussiliers and was killed in action on 3rd May 1915. Both Thomas and Joseph died aged 25 and their sister Mary never forgot them and refered to them always as "our Joe and our Tom". Thomas is listed on the Menin Gates Memorial and Joseph is buried in Bedford House Cemetery.

John McGonigle

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