Exceptional Naval and Polar Awards from the Collection of RC Witte

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Date of Auction: 19th June 2013

Sold for £290

Estimate: £250 - £300

Four: Air Mechanic 2nd Class J. Reid, Royal Air Force, late 2nd Dragoons

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 6 clasps, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast (3601 Pte. J. Reid, 2nd Dragoons); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (3601 Pte. J. Reid, 2nd Drgns.); British War and Victory Medals (195149 2 A.M. J. Reid, R.A.F.), extremely fine (4)
£250-300

Footnote

James Reid was born in Old Cumnock, Ayshire, in March 1875, and enlisted in the 2nd Dragoons in August 1891.

Transferred to the Army Reserve in August 1898, he was recalled by his regiment in October 1899 and embarked for South Africa, where he remained on active service until the end of hostilities, and was awarded the above described Medals & clasps (his service record refers).

Once more transferred to the Reserve in August 1903, Reid worked as a chauffeur in the period leading up to the Great War, and, in June 1918, enlisted in the Royal Air Force as an Air Mechanic 3rd Class. Quickly regraded as an A.M. 2nd Class, he served out in France as a driver for H.Q., 9th Brigade, from June 1918 until March 1919, when he was placed on the Reserve.

Sold with a quantity of original documentation, including the recipient’s Parchment Certificates of Character and Discharge, dated 21 April 1903 and 11 August 1903; a Foreign Office passport, dated 29 June 1921, with special visa to travel to France and portrait photograph in his chauffeur’s uniform; his International Driving Permit, dated 6 June 1951, with portrait photograph, and a quantity of old garage invoices and postcards from the 1950s tom 1960s.James Reid was born in Old Cumnock, Ayshire, in March 1875, and enlisted in the 2nd Dragoons in August 1891.

Transferred to the Army Reserve in August 1898, he was recalled by his regiment in October 1899 and embarked for South Africa, where he remained on active service until the end of hostilities, and was awarded the above described Medals & clasps (his service record refers).


Once more transferred to the Reserve in August 1903, Reid worked as a chauffeur in the period leading up to the Great War, and, in June 1918, enlisted in the Royal Air Force as an Air Mechanic 3rd Class. Quickly regraded as an A.M. 2nd Class, he served out in France as a driver for H.Q., 9th Brigade, from June 1918 until March 1919, when he was placed on the Reserve.

Sold with a quantity of original documentation, including the recipient’s Parchment Certificates of Character and Discharge, dated 21 April 1903 and 11 August 1903; a Foreign Office passport, dated 29 June 1921, with special visa to travel to France and portrait photograph in his chauffeur’s uniform; his International Driving Permit, dated 6 June 1951, with portrait photograph, and a quantity of old garage invoices and postcards from the 1950s tom 1960s.