A Scottish Soldier Identified – 100 Years On!

Although we are now in 2017 I still have material relating to 1916. My thanks go to Alex Mair who kindly contacted the SCS about a familiar photograph from that year.

The Weekly Supplement and Advertiser, April 28, 1916

Press photo from 1916 showing the Medical Officer and orderlies of 12/A&SH treating Macedonian villagers. It includes Lance Corporal Andrew Reid from Ayrshire.


The above interesting photograph taken by a Press photographer has a strong touch of local interest. It represents one of our army doctors administering free attendance on one of the villagers of Macedonia. In the foreground on the left is Lance-Corporal Andrew Reid, who is the doctor’s orderly. Lance-Corporal Reid is a native of Galston ([East Ayrshire], and previous to joining the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in December 1914 was in the Fleshing Department of Newmilns Co-operative Society. After a period of service in France he was transferred to Salonica, where he has been for over five months. The operation is taking place where Lance-Corporal Reid is billeted, and the couple on the left of the patient are husband and wife who occupy the house. He has sent home some interesting coins and relics to his wife, who resides in Back Street, Newmilns.

Alex found this cutting from The Weekly Supplement and Advertiser whilst clearing his mother’s house and recognized the photograph from Under the Devil’s Eye. I think it must have been used quite widely at the time as I’ve seen a number of copies (usually removed from publications) offered for sale on eBay. The original press photo – which is rather larger than that used above – can be viewed online at the IWM, where it lacks any description and is not linked to the Macedonian campaign:

Official records, accessed through livesofthefirstworldwar.org show that Andrew Reid was born in Galston, East Ayrshire in 1890 to James – a coal miner – and Agnes Reid. Andrew was the fourth of at least eight children. In 1901 they were living in Benterick Street, but ten years later had moved to Garden Street, Galston. It’s pleasing to report that Andrew survived the war and returned to Newmilns, where he continued to work as a butcher with Newmilns Co-operative Society until his retirement. By an amazing coincidence, Alex was a butcher in the same shop during the 1970s and worked with someone who new Andrew. He had seen photos of him taken after the war, so recognised him as soon as he saw the 1916 photo. He has also provided this splendid photo of Andrew with his horse drawn butcher’s van in Darvel Road, Newmilns, taken in the late 1920s.

Photograph from late 1920s showing Andrew Reid and his Co-op butchers cart in Newmilns, Ayrshire. Andrew served in Macedonia with 12/A&SH.

The 12th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders – which was with 26th Division – was the subject of an extensive article by Colin Fisher in The New Mosquito issue 15 (April 2007).

Once again, my thanks go to Alex Mair for proving this material on Andrew Reid and thus putting a name to this face from Macedonia.

Author: Andy Hutt

Andy's interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Arthur, who served in Salonika as a sapper with the Royal Engineers from 1916-1918. Opinions expressed in these posts are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

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