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- Oliver Walter Reed -

Unknown person Name : Oliver Walter Reed

Son of : Oliver Henry Reed and Evelyn Christina Reed (née Taylor) of Ryde.

Born : 1914, Newchurch.

Married : 1940, Doris Foster (GRO - registered Mar 1940 qtr, Middlesbrough).

One son, John Barrie Walter Foster, born 1940, Ryde, Isle of Wight.
  Electoral roll information :

1920 - 22 : The family are at 5 Leigh Richmond Terrace, Brading.

1925 : The family are at 6 Sidney Cottages, High Street, Brading.

1929 : The family are at 14 Bettesworth Road, Ryde.

1933 - 38 : The family are at 14 Southfield Terrace, Bettesworth Road, Ryde.
  Service details :

Leading Seaman P/JX 145642 Oliver Walter Reed, H.M.S. Javelin, Royal Navy.
  Casualty Details :

Died : 29 Nov 1940, aged 26.

Commemorated at : Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Ryde Borough War Memorial
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Thursday 5th December 1940

In Channel Fight With Nazi Destroyers
Leading Seaman Oliver Walter Reed, of 117, Arthur-Street, Ryde, who was serving on the destroyer Javelin, when she was torpedoed during an encounter with German Naval Forces in the Channel on Saturday has been reported missing presumed killed, as a result of the action.
H.M.S. Javelin (Commander A.F. Pugsley, R.N.), on board of which was the officer commanding the destroyer flotilla , Captain and Lord Louis Mountbatten, a cousin of the King, was struck when the German destroyers scattered and withdrew on making contact with the British forces. As the Javelin attempted to reach port waves of German bombers dived upon her for several hours continuously but were kept at bay by British fighter planes, the enemy losing three aircraft, the destroyer has since reached port.
The enemy destroyers escaped under cover of darkness and smoke screens, but as Admiralty communiqué says they were repeatedly hit.
Reed aged 26, has been in the Navy for eight years and at the time of the encounter was expecting shortly to become a Petty Officer. His wife and five weeks old baby are living with his mother at Arthur-Street.
He was born at Newchurch, but spent his early years in Brading where he attended the C.E. School. When his family came to Ryde he was a pupil for a while at Green-Street school subsequently being employed by Mr. H. Adams, the grocer in Monkton-Street. He joined the Navy at the age of 18. His two brothers are also in the senior service and his sister is in the W.R.N.S. An athlete of considerable merit, he was for some years a popular member of the Ryde Harriers and has also run for the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines, being the naval cross country champion in 1936.

  Links :

H.M.S. Javelin (Naval-History.net).
  Acknowledgments :

Ann Barrett for Newspaper research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 14 January 2014 (added to website)


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