Rev Herbert Reid
While with the Highland Division he was awarded the Military Cross on 1st June 1917 and on 12th January he was promoted to be Deputy Assistant Principal Chaplain, ranking as Lt-Colonel, and attached to the XVIIth Corps, commanded by Sir Charles Fergusson, Bart.
Mr. Reid was demobilised on 1st May, 1919 and on Sunday 11th May he occupied once more the Hamilton pulpit which was followed by a hearty social meeting and welcome home.
General Sir Charles Fergusson the commander of the corps to which Mr. Reid was attached to had
Just one year after his semi-jubilee, Mr. Reid discovered that he was suffering from diabetes.
The specialist, whom he consulted, said he must give up all work for a year. Asked if at the end
of that time he would be fit for full duty again he replied, " Not for seven years at least." Mr. Reid,
very reluctantly, was accordingly forced to intimate to the Kirk Session that he was applying for a
colleague and successor, and that he did not wish to take any retiring allowance from the congregation
thus leaving the whole stipend and the manse to his successor. He then retired to Gourock where lie
built for himself a bungalow, Roslevan, on Levan Point, midway between Ashton and the Cloch.
When the Highland Division embarked for France on 30th April 1915 he went with them as chaplain attached to the Argyllshire Highlanders. As he did not know how long he might be away he felt that it was not fair to his congregation to leave them so long without a minister and offered to resign - the congregation refused to accept.
Rev Reid was also a sucessfull writer having published two volumes of "The Reids Of Kittochside" and the publication of "The Story Of Our Kirk" which was used on this site to give the history of the Hamilton Bardrainney Church.
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