On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Frederick Horace Reed: 23rd October
Apprentice Marine Engineer to Vickers Naval Construction Works.
Second Lieutenant, Royal Air Force, 6th Squadron.
Death registered in Westbury-on-Severn.
Note: evidently there was some confusion as to his death, see below. Also, Membership Form states, he was involved in the production of munitions and not released on active service but his war record suggests otherwise as does his place and manner of death.
FREDERICK HORACE REED was born in London on 3rd September 1898, and was educated at the Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith.
In August 1916 he began an apprenticeship of five years in the marine engine department of the Naval Construction Works, Barrow-in-Furness, and during the same period he studied at the Barrow Technical School.
In May 1918 he joined the Royal Air Force, becoming a Corps Observer, but later in the year he was wounded in a fight over the German lines.
Subsequently, it was reported that he had died from his wounds and was buried by the Germans at the village where the machine came down.
His death took place on 23rd October 1918, at the age of twenty.
He became a Graduate of this Institution in May 1918.
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