Regiment: Royal Naval Reserve
Rank & Number: Captain
Born: 03 December 1876; Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire
Died: 16 February 1962; Machar Glen, Inellan, Argyll
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.
his Second Mate certificate 26 Feb 1897, his First Mate certificate 30 Jun
1898, and his Master’s Certificate 17 Aug 1900.
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
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.
SERVICE DETAILS 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.