A very fine and rare combination 1912 Olympic Silver Medallists, South Africa Boer War, Great War 1914, Territorial Efficiency Medal and Rocket Apparatus Volunteer Long Service Medal double long service group awarded to Sergeant J. Reid, 6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, Territorial Force, late Scottish Horse, Imperial Yeomanry, who having won silver in the team military rifle competition in the 1912 Stockholm Summer Olympic Games, then served during the Great War on the Western Front from 10th November 1914, received the Territorial Efficienc

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A very fine and rare combination 1912 Olympic Silver Medallists, South Africa Boer War, Great War 1914, Territorial Efficiency Medal and Rocket Apparatus Volunteer Long Service Medal double long service group awarded to Sergeant J. Reid, 6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, Territorial Force, late Scottish Horse, Imperial Yeomanry, who having won silver in the team military rifle competition in the 1912 Stockholm Summer Olympic Games, then served during the Great War on the Western Front from 10th November 1914, received the Territorial Efficiency Medal in 1924, and was also a member of the Rocket Apparatus Lifesaving Volunteer’s.

Group of 6: Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 4 Clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901; (32512 TPR: J. REID. SCOT: HORSE.); 1914 Star; (42 SJT J. REID. 1/6 GORD. HIGHRS); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (42 SJT. J. REID. GORDONS.); Territorial Efficiency Medal, GVR bust; (2869488 SJT. J. REID. 6-GORDONS.); Rocket Apparatus Volunteer Long Service Medal, GVR bust with Board of Trade reverse; (JAMES REID)

Condition: Good Very Fine.

Together with the Silver War Badge, reverse numbered: ‘377577’; and a Commemorative Coronation Medal 1937.

James Reid was born on 8th March 1875, and served in the Imperial Yeomanry as a Trooper (No.32512) with the Scottish Horse during the Boer War in South Africa, being confirmed as present on operations in the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State, and the Transvaal.

Reid then enlisted into the Territorial Force as a Private (No.42 later No.265007) with the 6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, and went on to represent his country in the 1912 Summer Olympics in the team military rifle competition, winning an Olympics Silver Medal. Reid also finished 13th in the 600 metre free rifle event. 

Reid then enlisted into the Territorial Force as a Private (No.42 later No.265007) with the 6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, and went on to represent his country in the 1912 Summer Olympics in the team military rifle competition, winning an Olympics Silver Medal. Reid also finished 13th in the 600 metre free rifle event. 

The 1912 Summer Olympics (Swedish: Olympiska sommarspelen 1912), officially known as the Games of the V Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event held in Stockholm, Sweden, between 5 May and 22 July 1912. Twenty-eight nations and 2,408 competitors, including 48 women, competed in 102 events in 14 sports. With the exception of tennis (starting on 5 May) and football and shooting (both starting on 29 June), the games were held within a month with an official opening on 6 July. It was the last Olympics to issue solid gold medals and, with Japan's debut, the first time an Asian nation participated. Stockholm was the only bid for the games, and was selected in 1909.

The games were the first to have art competitions, women's diving, women's swimming, and the first to feature both the decathlon and the new pentathlon, both won by Jim Thorpe. Electric timing was introduced in athletics, while the host country disallowed boxing. Figure skating was rejected by the organizers because they wanted to promote the Nordic Games. United States won the most gold medals (25), while Sweden won the most medals overall (65).

There were eighteen shooting events at the 1912 Olympics, of which eight were team events. The competition was split predominantly into three sections: military rifle shooting, shooting with miniature rifles, pistols and revolvers, and clay bird and running deer shooting, The Swedish and American competitors were the most successful at the competition, with seven gold medals each, although Sweden won a total of seventeen medals while the United States team won fourteen. 64-year-old Oscar Swahn, part of the Swedish single shot running deer team, is still the oldest gold medal winner in Olympic history.

With the outbreak of the Great War, Reid was then mobilised and saw service on the Western Front from 10th November 1914 with the 1st/6th Battalion as a Sergeant.

Reid was discharged on 28th February 1918, and awarded the Silver War Badge No.377577, but then re-enlisted into the Territorial Force as a Sergeant (No.2869488) into the 6th Gordon Highlanders, and was awarded the Territorial Efficiency Medal in Army Orders No.177 on 20th June 1924.

Reid was also a member of the Board of Trade Rocket Apparatus Lifesaving Volunteers, and was ultimately awarded the Rocket Apparatus Volunteer Long Service Medal. Reid died on 19th March 1957. 


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