The son of George and Gertrude Reid, George Ranald MacFarlane Reid served with the 4th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was promoted to Second Lieutenant (on probation) on 15 August 1914. He received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 1900 on a Maurice Farman biplane at Military School, Montrose on 16 October 1915. An F.E.2 pilot in 1916, he downed three enemy aircraft with 25 Squadron and six more with 20 Squadron.
Appears as Major George Ronald MacFarlane Reid in the Supplement to the London Gazette of 1 January 1919 (31098/96).
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) George Ranald Macfarlane
Reid, 4th Bn., Arg. and Suth'd Highrs. and R.F.C.
For consistent gallantry and skill. In the course of seven days, 2nd Lts. Mann as pilot and Reid as observer, attacked no less than eight enemy aeroplanes. They drove down four, three of which were seriously damaged. The remainder were driven off, one escaping by getting into a cloud.
Lt. (temp. Capt.) George Ranald Macfarlane Reid, M.C., Arg. & Suth'd Highrs.
For conspicuous gallantry in action. He with his observer pursued a hostile aeroplane for some six miles into the enemy's territory, and there shot it down. He has on many previous occasions done very fine work.
(The Military Cross was awarded in London Gazette dated 24th June, 1916.)