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Offline Robert Bonner

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Major Donald Derham-Reid
« on: March 08, 2012, 07:49:19 PM »
Major Donald Derham-Reid, age 92, died on 22nd February 2012.  A cremation service took place at Putney Vale Chapel, London on Monday 5th March 2012. He was the oldest surviving officer of the Regiment.

Much loved father of his only daughter Sally and beloved uncle of James.

Donald joined  2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment from Sandhurst in 1934.

When the City of Manchester presented the 2nd Battalion with their set of silver drums in July 1934, 2nd Lieutenant Derham-Reid carried the King's Colour on the parade in Albert Square. He went to France with the British Expeditionary Force in September 1939 and then joined  the 1st Battalion in Singapore.
Following the 'arrival' of the Japanese he was a prisoner for 3 years and was repatriated in August 1945.

Post-war he served on extra-regimental employment in Kenya during the Mau Mau Uprising, the Sudan and West Africa.


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Re: Major Donald Derham-Reid
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2012, 09:16:50 PM »

A sad loss of a great Regimental military man.



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Re: Major Donald Derham-Reid
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2012, 10:18:34 AM »
I have vague recollections of meeting this gentleman at one of the St Margaret's "Crosses"  occassions  in London along with the late Ken Warhurst formerley of the 6th Bn.  A gentleman indeed, he was, May he Rest in Peace.