Having served with the army in German East Africa, Arthur Eden Reed entered the Royal Flying Corps in April 1917. When he completed his training, he was posted to 29 Squadron in March 1918. Flying the S.E.5a, he scored nineteen victories during the war. Reed's brother, a Quartermaster Sergeant in the 4th South African Infantry Brigade, was a Victoria Cross recipient.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. Arthur Eden Reed.
On a recent occasion, when on wireless interception duty, this officer attacked two Albatross two-seaters, both of which were destroyed, Lt. Reed shooting down one and his observer the other. On another occasion he attacked two enemy machines, destroying one; the second fled. A bold and skilful airman.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 November 1918 (30989/12971)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lieut. Arthur Eden Reed, D.F.C.
A bold and skilful scout pilot of undaunted courage who has destroyed eleven enemy aircraft. On August 31st he, singlehanded, attacked five Fokkers shooting one down. And this is only one instance of several where he has successfully engaged the enemy in superior numbers.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 3 December 1918 (31046/14317)