Remembered by: Derek Hall
Date added: 29 May 2013
'Michael' was an Air Gunner in Bomber Command and flew in Lancasters. I have seen references to his having survived 3 crash landings. Betty (his wife LACW) served with Fighter Command.
Taken from a number of newspaper cuttings:
Reed : Showler – The marriage between Warrant Officer John Michael Brandrick Reed, RAFVR only son of Mr and Mrs S W Reed, of Yelverton, Devon and Betty May Showler, late Fighter Command WAAF, only daughter of Mr and Mrs K B Showler of 203 Richmond Road, Kingston, will take place on Saturday, September 14, 1946 at All Saints’ Kingston.
Talked to Pilots in the Air
Sequel: WAAF weds Bomber Man
A girl who helped maintain radio phone talks between planes and ground at such famous Battle of Britain airfields as Biggin Hill, Kenley and Manston, was Miss Betty May Showler, only daughter of Mr. And Mrs. K. B. Showler, 203, Richmond Road, Kingston. She was one of the first volunteers for the WAAF in Kingston, and subsequently served with Fighter Command.
She there met Warrant Officer John Michael Brandrick Reed. He was serving with Bomber Command and took part in numerous raids on Berlin and other targets.
On Saturday, Battle of Britain Day, Miss Showler and Warrant Officer Reed were married at Kingston Parish Church. Attending as best man was Flying Officer E Bone, who also took part in many bomber raids and as chief bridesmaid, Miss Patricia Holcroft, who served with the bride in Fighter Command. The bridegroom is the only son of Mr and Mrs S W Reed, of Yelverton, Devon.
Given away by her father, the bride wore an oyster white brocaded silk gown with coronet shaped headdress of orange blossom, with veil. Her shower bouquet was of peach-coloured roses and white heather.
Other bridesmaid with Miss Holcroft was Miss Brenda Dooyeward (cousin). They were in dresses of old rose silk with headdresses of roses to match, and carried Victorian posies.
A number of past and serving members of the RAF and WAAF were present. The reception was at All Saints Hall and the honeymoon is at Eastbourne.
Mr J M B Reed Gives Up NFU Post
The secretary of the NFU’s Gloucester Central Group since 1954, Mr Michael B Reed, is giving up the post at the end of the month.
All the areas within the group – Gloucester, Stroud, Painswich and Wheatenhurst – were strongly represented at Whitminster Village Hall when the Gloucestershire branch chairman, Mr Pat Murray, presented Mr Reed with a cheque.
Mr Murray told the “News and Journal” this week that the branch was very sorry to lose Mr Reed, who had been “most able” in serving the community and was an “excellent person”.
Luckily, said Mr Murray, Mr Reed would not be lost to farming but would merely be “serving on a higher plane.” Mr Reed is to launch a financial advisory service for farmers.
Mr Murray said there had been a lot of applications for Mr Reed’s post and interviews were being held tomorrow (Friday).
Mr Reed, a married man, lives at Little Court, Washwell Lane, Painswick. He said that after 16 years of service, he wished to set up a financial advisory service for farmers to concentrate on one subject rather than the variety of subjects with which he had previously dealt.
Sun Life Appointee
Mr J M B Reed of Blenheim has been appointed by the Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada to give service to its policy holders in Blenheim and district.
Although born in England, Mr Reed spent his childhood in Canada, residing in Toronto, and returned to England several years before World War II. During the war her served three years in the Royal Air Force as a member of the air crew with the rank of Warrant Officer. He had the remarkable experience of surviving three crash landings of aircraft which had been hit. At the conclusion of hostilities he spent a year in Berlin as a member of the army of occupation.
Mr Reed came to Blenheim with Mrs Reed in 1947, and they are now living in the Mrs Garnet Thomson apartments over the Metropolitan Store.
He has been working part time for the past year for the Sun Life, and recently was appointed their official representative here.
A percentage of Mrs Reed’s Will was used to give small donations to a wide range of small local charities supporting older persons in Petersfield as well as the RAFBF.