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Sydney Gordon Reid (1917–1946)

An Army officer was killed and three other persons injured last night when a motorcar, alleged to have been stolen, was driven through a crowded safety zone at St Kilda.

The officer killed was Captain Sydney Gordon Reid, about 35,  married, of Queen's rd, Melbourne.

Those injured were:
Captain J. M. Lord, attached to AHQ signal headquarters at Albert Park. He was admitted to Heidelberg Military Hospital suffering from probable fracture of the skull.

Lieut Barbara Scholley, an AWAS, also attached to AHQ signal headquarters, Albert Park, lacerations, bruises, and shock; treated at Heidelberg Military Hospital and allowed to go home.

Cornelius Kenney, 50, of Oakhill rd, Reservoir, admitted to Alfred Hospital suffering from compound fracture of both legs.

The car, which belonged to Mr P. B. Quinlan, horse trainer, of Mentone, had been reported stolen in the city.

Eye-witnesses of the accident said that the car was travelling at about 70 miles an hour along Fitzroy st, and struck the victims as they were waiting for a tram at the corner of Grey st. The car then careered along Fitzroy st for about 250 yards and crashed into a taxi.

It is alleged that three men were seen to leave the car and run away. One of them was seized by a taxi-driver.

At Russell st late last night two men were being questioned by police.

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'Reid, Sydney Gordon (1917–1946)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


21 January, 1917
Wellington, New Zealand


7 August, 1946 (aged 29)
St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

pedestrian accident

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