33rd BATTALION AIF
Lance Sergeant: 940 John REID.
Born: 1889. Beechworth, Victoria, Australia.
Married: 1909. Inverell, New South Wales, Australia. Marriage Cert:11425/1909.
Wife: Catherine Reid. nee: Mitchell.
The 33rd proceeded overseas for France on the 21st November 1916.
John was promoted to Corporal on the 19th June when Corporal BOLTON was wounded in Action and again to Lance Sergeant on the 4th August 1917 when Lance Sergeant: 543 Charles Sydney RUSSELL was promoted to Sergeant.
8th May 1918.
A and C Company's attached to the 34th Battalion B Company attached to the 35th Battalion. At 6:00 am C Company was ordered to stand by in reserve. D Company received orders at 4:00 am to report to 34th Battalion and was placed in position in the old Front Line. A Company of the 44th Battalion relieved D Company at 9:00 am and the company moved to a new position. The remaining 2 Platoons of A Company No:s 1 and 4 dug a Communication Trench 4'6" by 2 during the night. B Company supplied a carrying party for R.E. Stores to the 35th Battalion Front Line.
33rd Battalion "B" Teams under Captain GOLDRICK with a strength of 5 Officers and 105 other ranks relieved C Company of the 34th at 1:30 am. The remainder of the nucleus garrison reported back to their Company's during the evening. Lieutenant MASON and runner WHOLE returning from guiding composite Company into position encountered 8 Bosche, with a 10 Brigade Machine Gun, about 1000 yards behind our Front Line.
The Bosche fired upon Lieutenant MASON without wounding him and he ran to a post near by and with their assistance captured the Bosche after having wounded 3 of them They had been relieved in their own Line and then lost their way so straying into our Lines.
35th Battalion War Diary
John was Wounded in Action on the 8th May 1918 during this action.
John returned to Australia on board HMAT A30 "Borda" on the 11th May 1919.
John as a married 27 year old Labourer from Emmaville, N.S.W upon enlistment.
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