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# Informationjanedu12 2015-01-16 22:35
I am currently trying to tie some loose ends up on our family tree, and from Marriage Certificate have discovered that John Henry O'Connor was an employee of the N.G.R in 1906, and was married to Annie Mary Hunkin in LADYSMITH on 16 May 1906. I am hoping to find out whether this J O'Connor is the same person?

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# G W Reid Service MedalCharles Frater 2015-02-15 15:36
I am currently researching G W Reid, my wife's Great Grandfather. He had two sons, both born in Natal in 1897 and 1900 respectively. His older son, Robin Robertson Reid was killed in action at the Battlke of the Somme in July 1916. The other son, Sir Francis Smith Reid, had a distinguished army career and became the secretary to the Speaker at Westminster.

I understand that G W Reid designed steam locomotives for the Natal Government, particularly armoured engines during the Boer War. As a result he was awarded the Queen's Service Medal which is inscribed around the rim "G. W. REID, ESQ., LOCO: SUPT: NATAL GOVT: RLYS:". Am I right in thinking that it was unusual for a civiliian to receive this medal (which the family still has)?

Charles Frater
# G W ReidChristener 2016-09-04 01:36
G W Reid was actually the locomotive superintendent of the Natal Government Railways from 1893-1903 or 1896-1902 according other sources. This function is responsible for all the locomotive of a railway and often also for the coaches and wagons. In this function he designed also steam locomotives, which known as the "Reid Tenwheelers" (see Wikipedia article 'South African Class H 4-10-2T'). The armoured engines were not new built, they were existing engines where an armour was fitted.

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