- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1919/12/01
- Latest 1919/12/31
- Inscription 139746. PTE. J.E. REID.; STERLING
- Support loose
- Materials Sterling silver
- Rank Private
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 52nd Canadian Infantry Battalion
- Person / Institution Subject, Reid, Private John Earl
- Measurements Length 3.8 cm, Width 3.1 cm, Thickness 0.2 cm
- Caption John Earl REID
- Additional Information Born in 1895 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Reid enlisted in December 1915 with the 14th Overseas Battalion. He proceeded to France on 29 December 1916 with the 52nd Battalion. He sustained severe wounds on 27 October 1917 and died in the field the next day.
- Caption Medals Project- Reid, John Earl
John Earl Reid was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, on 6 January 1895.
Reid was a school teacher when he enlisted in the 114th Canadian Infantry Battalion in Hagersville, Ontario, on 24 December 1915. On 22 March 1916, while undergoing training in Canada, he was made a provisional lance corporal. The following month, he was granted leave to plant crops. On 1 November 1916, Reid sailed to England with his unit on SS Caronia, embarking in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The 114th Battalion disembarked in Liverpool on 11 November 1916.
Upon arrival in England, Reid was transferred to the 35th Canadian Infantry Battalion and made an acting corporal. On 28 December 1916, he reverted to the rank of private at his own request and was transferred to the 52nd Canadian Infantry Battalion (New Ontario). He joined that unit in France on 29 December 1916.
In April and May 1917, Reid was hospitalized in France with abscesses on his neck. In July, he was in hospital again with a skin infection and boils on his neck. Reid sustained severe shell wounds to his left thigh on 27 October 1917, during the Battle of Passchendaele. He died the next day at No. 44 Casualty Clearing Station, in Belgium.
John Earl Reid is buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, in Belgium.