David McQueen REID

Regiment:              Royal Naval Reserve  

Rank & Number:

03 December 1876; Port Glasgow,

                      16 February 1962; Machar Glen, Inellan,

Other:                    Distinguished Service Cross

DAVID MCQUEEN REID was born 03 Dec 1876 in Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, to parents Robert, a gardener, and Eliza McQueen.  He died at home on 16 Feb 1962 at Machar Glen, Inellan, Argyll (aged 85, Master Mariner (ret.), widower).  

He married Marjory Logan Anderson on 12 Mar 1907 in Ardrossan.   Gained his Second Mate certificate 26 Feb 1897, his First Mate certificate 30 Jun 1898, and his Master’s Certificate 17 Aug 1900.  

In the 1891 Census, aged 14 and an office boy, he is living 7 Glenhuntly Terrace, Port Glasgow with parents Robert (43, b. Hamilton, gardener) and Eliza (47 b. Inverkeithing) and siblings  

1912-1915 Valuation Rolls have David McQueen Reid, Sea Captain, Castle Park, Fairlie, and the 1920 Valuation Rolls have Mrs Marjory Logan Anderson or Reid, wife of Captain David McQ. Reid, RNR, proprietor and tenant at Burnside Cottage.    

Named in the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour of enlisted men printed Dec 1914 (Reid, Lt. D.M., R.N.R., Longfern, Fairlie).  Commissioned into the Mercantile Fleet Auxiliary on 11 Aug 1914, he captained H.M. Supply Ship Baron Ardrossan conveying ammunition and stores to the fleet.  On 14 Sep 1919, the Largs & Millport Weekly News reported that he’d attended Buckingham Palace to be presented by the King with the Distinguished Service Cross, which he’d won for “seamanship and pluck in a brush with a German submarine when he not only brought his ship home safely, but succeeded in sinking of the Huns”.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

12 December 1914     
Roll of Honour: Reid, Captain D. McQueen (Lt., RNR), Longfern, H.M. Supply Ship Baron Ardrossan; since the outbreak of war, Captain Reid has been engaged in the duty of conveying ammunition and stores to the fleet.           

7 December 1918      
A further decoration for service in the war has come to Fairlie.  Captain David M. Reid of Burnsyde, having been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for a gallant and successful action with a submarine.  Captain Reid was mobilised for service with the navy at the beginning of the war, and has had many hazardous and exciting experiences since then.  We heartily congratulate him on the well-deserved honour which has now been conferred on him.  

14 September 1919    
Captain Reid, D.S.C., of Burnsyde, Fairlie, attended at Buckingham Palace to be presented by the King with the medal he so gallantly won.  Captain Reid gained his distinction for his seamanship and pluck in a brush with a German submarine.  He not only brought his ship home safely, but succeeded in sinking of the Huns.

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