Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Vivian Sims Raymond REID


Born: 1 December, 1896

Birthplace: Campbell Town, Hobart, Tasmania

Parents: Henry John Reid
Laura Louisa Amelia Sims

Died: 1952

Burial place: Dodonaea Garden, N14, Bed 2, Rose 22, Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, Victoria

Awards and Honours

  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


6th Infantry Brigade, 24th Infantry Battalion, D Company; 5th Field Company, Engineers; 4th Field Company Engineers



Regimental Service Number: 793 / 4472

Enlistment date: 26 March, 1915 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 18 years 3 months

Address at enlistment: Fargo House, Barkly St., Brunswick

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Mother: Laura Reid, Fargo House, Barkly St., Brunswick

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Weight: 8 stones 10 pounds
Complexion: Medium
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Distinctive marks: Small scar left forearm

Embarkation ship: HMAT Euripides.

Rank: Sergeant

Return Date: 9 March, 1919

Return Vessel: Kashmir.

Arrival at Australia: 30 April, 1919.

Discharge Date: 29 June, 1919

Further Enlistement Information: still serving

War Service Summary

26/03/1915 - Enlisted
08/05/1915 - Embarked from Australia aboard HMAT Euripides
05/08/1915 - Transferred to 5th Field Company Engineers
03/09/1915 - Joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force; Gallipoli
23/10/1915 - Sick; to 3rd Field Ambulance then to hospital at Mudros; Acute enteric fever
27/10/1915 - Admitted St Andrews Hospital, Malta, ex H.S. Forosa
13/11/1915 - Embarked per H.S. Morea from Malta for England
20/11/1915 - Admitted 3rd Southern General Hospital; Oxford
29/02/1916 - Reported Depot; Abbey Wood
01/06/1016 - Transferred to Monte Video Camp, Weymouth from Abbey Wood
16/08/1916 - Proceeded to France per Christchurch
12/09/1916 - Transferred to 4th Field Company Engineers
18/01/1917 - On special leave to give evidence in a Court Martial
09/02/1917 - Rejoined through AGBD
17/04/1917 - With Corp Royal Engineers Workshops
23/07/1917 - With unit
17/09/1917 - Detached to Australian Corps, Royal Engineers, War shops (not previously promulgated)
13/12/1917 - With unit
26/05/1918 - Paid in France
19/09/1918 - Rejoined unit from detachment
01/11/1918 - Appointed Driver
28/12/1918 - To base in France for return to Australia
02/01/1919 - Marched out to England
13/02/1919 - Administrative Headquarters, London
03/01/1919 - Marched in to No. 4 C. Depot; Hurdcott
09/03/1919 - Departed from Southampton for return to Australia per Kashmir
30/04/1919 - Arrived in Australia
29/06/1919 - Discharged from duty

Note: 08/07/1920 Miss Nellie Comben requests information about "Vivian Reid Service No. 4472, in particular a true statement of his record, character etc., while overseas I require this owing to mistakes which may possibly occur through person, or persons with the same name."

Note: Embarkation Roll lists name as Vivian James Reid

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
Married Ernestine Jencke 1928/12947

Place/s of residence:
From Electoral Rolls
1915 - Fargo House, Barkly St., Brunswick
1925, 1928 71 - Ardmillan Road, Maribyrnong, (with Laura)
1934 - Conara, River Avenue, Ascot Vale, Driver
1936, 1949 - Conara, River Avenue, Ascot Vale, Driver (with Ernestine)
1967 - 8 River Avenue, Ascot Vale (Ernstine)

1925 - M.H.T. employee
1934, 1936, 1949 - Driver

Date of death:
Place of burial:
29/09/1952 Cremated at Springvale Botanical Cemetery; located Dodonaea Garden, N14, Bed 2, Rose 22. 08/10/1969 - Ernestine was buried with Vivian

Additional Information

The Argus
24 October 1952, p. 14

VIVIAN SIMS RAYMOND REID, Late of Conara, River Avenue, Ascot Vale, in the State of Victoria, Motor Driver Deceased - After fourteen clear days Ernestine Reid of Conara, River avenue Ascot Vale aforesaid widow, the sole executrix appointed by the will dated the 7th day of March 1938 of the said deceased, will APPLY to the Supreme Court for a grant of PROBATE thereof.
H L S HAVYATT 118 Queen street, Melbourne, solicitor for applicant.


Australian War Memorial
Service Record
Embarkation Roll
Newspaper accounts