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Lloyd Reed

1925-2015

Lloyd Reed

Lloyd Reed was born on August 16, 1925, and enlisted in the Canadian Army in December 1943, serving as reinforcement to the Calgary Highlanders. In Holland in October 1944, an .88 mm shell fragment shot through the door of the building he was in, injuring him and resulting in the loss of his leg.

Mr. Reed returned to Canada and joined The War Amps Edmonton Branch in 1945, holding the positions of:

  • National Director, Edmonton Branch (2010-2015)
  • Acting National Director, Edmonton Branch (2007-2009)
  • President and First Vice-President, Edmonton Branch

Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Meritorious Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Honourary CHAMP Membership

Adopting The War Amps motto of “amputees helping amputees,” he shared his experiences with new amputees and was an inspiration to the many children and their families that he met at CHAMP seminars. He also participated in local parades by helping child amputees ride on the PLAYSAFE float.

Mr. Reed often spoke with school children about his wartime experiences, and he was known for laying a Remembrance Day wreath every year on behalf of The War Amps. He made it a priority to keep in touch with the widows of war amputee members of the Edmonton Branch to check on their well-being.

For his dedication to The War Amps, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Membership, Meritorious Service Membership and Honourary CHAMP Membership. He tells his story in the video entitled War Amputees Gather to Reflect on The War Amps Legacy.

In his personal life, Mr. Reed owned and operated a greenhouse and nursery with his family for 21 years before his retirement.

He passed away on June 5, 2015.

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Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Meritorious Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Honourary CHAMP Membership