- Second World War (1939-1945)
- No.2 Battery, 1st. Maritime Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
While sailing in convoy from Blyth to London on 20th/21st June 1941 the SS Cormount was attacked by E- boats and aircraft and although sustaining a direct hit under the navigating bridge amidships, replied at once with defensive armament. Bombardier Reed was badly wounded but refused to leave his anti-aircraft gun. Then, seeing that the Chief Officer was also badly wounded, the bombardier carried him from the bridge down two ladders to the deck below and put him in a shelter, before falling dead himself.
Date of Gazette 19th September 1941.
Gunner Reed's George Cross is currently held by the National Army Museum, Chelsea, London, Great Britain.
Henry Reed is buried at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery, Sunderland, Co. Durham; Section C.C. Grave 939
Henry Reed received his George Cross posthumously.