Francis Reid

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Francis Smith Reid
Bearsden, Scotland[citation needed]
Scotland[citation needed]
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Ceylon Army
UnitRoyal Artillery
Commands heldCommander of the Ceylon Army,
District Officer Commanding Cyprus District,
Commander Royal Artillery 78th Division
Battles/warsWorld War II

Brigadier Sir Francis Smith Reid CBE, RA (1900–1970) was a senior officer in the British Army during the Second World War and the following years. He was the second Commander of the Ceylon Army from 1952 to 1955. His other commands included Commander, Ceylon Garrison and UK troops in Ceylon (1949–50), Cyprus District (1950–51) and Cyrenacia District (1951–52).[1][2]

Headstone for Brigadier Sir Francis Reid of Berden Hall, Essex

Reid was secretary to the Speaker of the House of Commons.[3] He lived at Berden Hall and is buried in the churchyard of St Nicholas' Church, Berden, Essex.


  1. ^ Brigadier Sir Francis Smith Reid, The Generals of WWII
  2. ^ "Past Army Commanders". Sri Lanka Army. Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Reid, Sir Francis Smith (1900-1970) Knight Brigadier, Secretary to Speaker of House of Commons", The National Archives. Retrieved 8 January 2015

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Military offices
Preceded by
James Sinclair, 19th Earl of Caithness
Commander of the Ceylon Army
Succeeded by
Anton Muttukumaru