Photograph of sister and nephews carried by Albert Reed
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|Title||Photograph of sister and nephews carried by Albert Reed|
|Notes||Glyn Austin, was born on 18th January 1916 having been conceived while his father was recuperating from wounds in 1915, having been sent home to Neath Hospital near Swansea. He never met his father, and never knew what had happened to him, except that he had been lost in France. My father's mother Caroline Austin was left with Glyn, aged 2, and Freddie, aged 5, who was later killed by the Mumbles Train on 3rd July 1919. She also lost a brother, Albert George Reed, who was awarded a Military Medal and died on 5th July 1917, and had another brother David William Reed who returned very badly wounded. She also lost a brother-in-law, Sidney George Austin, who was killed on 13th September 1916, remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. Unsurprisingly she would never talk to my father about any of this and never remarried.|
With the increased availability of information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission we were able to trace my grandfather to a cemetery near Ypres, and in October 1999 took my father, then 83, to visit his fathers' grave. It seemed doubly ironic that the grave had been there unknown to any of us for over 80 years and my father had served as an aircraftman in 1939-40 only a short distance away at Vitry-en Artois near Arras. In fact, we were able to find that little aerodrome the following day.
There are a number of photos of Albert Reed, David Reed, and Caroline with Glyn and Freddie, some of which have been to the Front, and have come back, I assume, showing the effects of this as they appear to be stained by blood, mud, rain or whatever.
Photograph of Caroline Austin with her children, Freddie and Glyn, sent to her brother Albert George Reed (brother-in-law of Thomas Richard Austin), and returned with his effects.
Private 15249 Albert George Reed, M.M., 2nd/5th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment, was killed in action 5th July 1917, aged 25. The son of Joseph and Mary Ann Reed, of 61, Rodney St., Swansea, he is buried in Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension.
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|Digital repository||The Great War Archive, University of Oxford|
|Contributor Name||Pat Lewis|