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Name: Ellis Vair Reid
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Ellis Reid
Country: Canada
Rank: Flight Sub-Lieutenant
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Units: 3W; 10N
Victories: 19
Born: 31 October 1889
Place of Birth: Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Died: 28 July 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death:  
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
 
 
The son of Albert Nelson and Agnes E. Reid, Ellis Vair Reid graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in architecture and was employed by Burke, Horwood & White. He left Toronto in January 1916 and joined the Royal Naval Air Service in England. Flight Sub-Lieutenant Reid received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3817 on an Avro biplane at Royal Naval Air Station, Redcar on 6 July 1916. After training he was posted to No. 3 Wing near Nancy in July 1916. In early 1917, when the unit was disabanded due to heavy losses, Reid was reassigned to 10 Naval Squadron. With this squadron he scored 19 victories flying the Sopwith Triplane in the summer of 1917. During that time he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and recommended for the Distinguished Service Order. Missing in action on 28 July 1917, Reid was later reported killed in action.

Listed as Ellis Vair Reed in the London Gazette.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Sub-Lieut. Ellis Vair Reed, R.N.A.S. (since missing).
   In recognition of his services on the following occasions: —
   On the 6th June, 1917, he attacked and drove down one of four hostile scouts. This machine dived nose first into the ground and was destroyed.
   On the afternoon of the 15th June, 1917, he was leading a patrol of three scouts and encountered a formation of ten enemy machines. During the combat which ensued he forced one machine down completely out of control. Next he attacked at a range of about 30 yards another hostile scout. The pilot of this machine was killed, and it went down completely out of control.
   This officer has at all times shown the greatest bravery and determination.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 01 Jun 1917 0915 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Albatros C (DES) W of Wervicq
2 02 Jun 1917 0900 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) C (OOC) 1 St. Julien
3 03 Jun 1917 1815 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Albatros D.III (DES) Roubaix
4 05 Jun 1917 0850 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) C (DESF) 2 Wervicq
5 06 Jun 1917 1100 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Halberstadt D.II (DES) N of Polygon Wood
6 07 Jun 1917 0915 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Albatros C (DES) Clerckem
7 15 Jun 1917 1745 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Albatros D.III (OOC) Moorslede
8 15 Jun 1917 1745 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Albatros D.III (OOC) Moorslede
9 17 Jun 1917 1910 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Albatros D.III (OOC) Roulers
10 06 Jul 1917 1100 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Albatros D.V (OOC) Deulemont
11 12 Jul 1917 0845 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5481) Albatros D.III (DES) Menin-Polygon Wood
12 12 Jul 1917 0845 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5481) Albatros D.III (DES) Veldhoek
13 20 Jul 1917 0805 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Albatros D.V (OOC) Menin-Messines
14 21 Jul 1917 2030 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Fokker D.V (DES) N of Becelaere
15 23 Jul 1917 2025 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Albatros D.V (OOC) Houthoulst Forest
16 27 Jul 1917 1950 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Albatros D.V (DES) Menin
17 27 Jul 1917 2000 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Albatros D.V (OOC) Courtrai
18 27 Jul 1917 2005 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Albatros D.V (DES) Menin
19 28 Jul 1917 2000 10N Sopwith Triplane (N5483) Albatros D.V (DES) Becelaere

1 Shared with FLt Raymond Collishaw, FSL William Alexander, FSL Gerald Nash
2 Shared with FLt Raymond Collishaw, FSL Desmond Fitzgibbon, FSL Gerald Nash
 
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