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Private: 1949 Alfred James REED.

Born: March 1886. Cooma, New South Wales, Australia. Birth Cert:26507/1886.

Died: 1964. Cooma, New South Wales, Australia. Death Cert:26166/1964.

Father: Alfred Reed. (18..-1911) Died at Bega, N.S.W. Death Cert:9124/1911.

Mother: Margaret Reed. nee: (18..-1939) Died at Bega, N.S.W. Death Cert:27915/1939.


Alfred James Reid enlisted on the 18th January 1916 with D Company 35th Battalion AIF and was an original member of the Battalion.

Company Cook.

29th October 1917.

Informant; Private: 2055 William Alfred Plumeridge CHARLTON.   Private: 1926 Michel MEEHAN. Who I know as "Mick" told me that Private: 1949 Alfred James REED of D Company now in England, (he was wounded, but now I believe Cooking) told me he saw Private: 1132 James GRAY on June 7th at the Dressing Station wounded. This was at Messines Ridge. GRAY also had a sprained ankle. I knew him very well. Slept with him. I think his people live at Carrington, Newcastle, N.S.W. GRAY was in D Company 16th Platoon.

No: 22 General Hospital.

RTA 13th December 1918.

Family Information

Alfred was a single 29year old Saw Miller from Bermagui, N.S.W. upon enlistment.

An article in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper 4 July 1887,

Bermagui itself is merely a village containing not more than 100 residents. It boasts of a very fair public-house, dignified by the name of the Royal Hotel, and kept by P. Engstrom, who provides good accommodation to his customers, and a plain but wholesome bill of fare. Two stores appear to maintain a healthy existence, and the public school has, I believe, an average attendance of about 30 pupils. There is also a post-office which despatches and receives mails four times a week, twice via Cobargo, and twice via Tilba Tilba. The great industry at present on the Bermagui River or more properly speaking, Tidal Creek, is a sawmill which is carried on by Mr T. Moorhead, who appears to carry on an extensive business between Bermagui and Sydney, as well as intermediate ports. For this purpose he has two vessels running, the Jane Moorhead and the Sarah Beattie, which are his own property, and the Morunna which is chartered by him. These vessels being of light draught manage to navigate the shallow entrance to the creek without much difficulty, and when the tide and wind serve, are able to run right up to the Government wharf, a distance of fully half a mile. The landing-place for passengers by the Illawarra Company’s steamers, which call twice a week, is in a small bay on the other side of the creek, and is perfectly safe except perhaps in heavy north-easterly weather. At present passengers are conveyed to the above in the ship’s boat, but in a very short time the steamers will be able to rest snugly alongside a substantial jetty…

Military Records

(Australian National Archives)

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