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Capt Henry Robert Baynes "Bobby" REED CIE DSC MC [483]


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Capt Henry Robert Baynes "Bobby" REED CIE DSC MC [483]

  • Born: 3 Jan 1880, Lahore W Bengal India
  • Marriage (1): Edith GILES [482] in 1907 in Lansdowne, Uttaranchal, India
  • Died: 1 Jan 1939, Southbrook Budleigh Salterton DEV aged 58

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Henry served with the 39th Garwhal Rifles.

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Sale of Medals
A fine C.I.E., 'Waziristan' D.S.O., and Great War M.C. group of eight awarded to Colonel H. R. B. Reed, Royal Garhwal Rifles, Indian Army

The Order of the Indian Empire, C.I.E., breast badge in gold and enamels, chip to one lotus petal and minor chips to crown; Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., cypher a little damaged on reverse centre; Military Cross, G.V.R.; India General Service 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Waziristan 1901-2 (Lieut. H. R. B. Reed, 2nd Bn. 39th Garhwal Rifles) official corrections to unit; 1914 Star (Capt., 2/39/Garhl. Rfls.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt.); India General Service 1908-35, 3 clasps, Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919, Waziristan 1921-24, Burma 1930-32 (Maj. H. R. B. Reed, Kohat Dist.) unless otherwise described, nearly extremely fine

C.I.E. London Gazette 3 June 1932. Colonel Henry Robert Baynes Reed, D.S.O., M.C., Indian Army, Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster-General, Burma (Independent) District.

D.S.O. London Gazette 30 May 1924. 'For distinguished service rendered in the Field in connection with Military Operations in Waziristan, January 1922 to April 1923. Lt-Col. H. R. B. Reed, M.C., 2/18th R. Garhwal Rif., I.A.' One of four D.S.O's Gazetted for these operations in 1924.

M.C. London Gazette 1 January 1916 (France & Flanders). Captain, 39th Garhwal Rifles, Indian Army.

M.I.D. London Gazette 1 January 1916 (France), 30 May 1924 (Waziristan), and 3 June 1932 (Burma).
Date of Auction: 18th June 1997
Sold for 2,500

Henry Robert Baynes Reed was born on 3 January 1880, and joined the Indian Army, ex Sandhurst, in January 1900. He was posted to the 2nd 39th Garhwal Rifles as a Double Company Officer in October 1901, and took part in the operations in Waziristan 1901-02; Captain, 17 January 1909. Served in the Great War in France and Belgium from 12 October 1914 to 10 November 1915. During this period he was present in the actions at La Bassee, 10 Oct-2 March 1914, Neuve Chapelle, 10-18 March 1915, Aubers, 9 May 1915, Festubert, 15-25 May, and the action of Pietre, in conjunction with the battle of Loos, 25 September 1915 (M.C. and M.I.D.). As Staff Captain and later Brigade Major he served in Egypt from November 1915 to March 1916, and subsequently with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force until August 1916. He was appointed Company Commander in July 1916, and served on the staff during the operations in Afganistan 1919. He commanded the 2/18th Garhwal Rifles during the operations in Waziristan 1922-23, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Appointed AAG and QMG in Burma on 14 January 1930, Colonel Reed was present during the operations in Burma 1930-32, being mentioned in despatches and created a Companion of the Indian Empire. He retired in June 1934 and died on 1 January 1939. Sold with further research including copies from the regimental history for the Great War which shows Reed in a group photograph of the regimental officers after landing at Marseilles in October 1914.


Bobby married Edith GILES [482] [MRIN: 137], daughter of Professor Herbert Allen GILES M.A. L.L.D. [27] and Catherine Maria (Kate) FENN [7], in 1907 in Lansdowne, Uttaranchal, India. (Edith GILES [482] was born in 1880 in Xiamen (Amoy) China and died in 1917 in Lansdowne India.)

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