The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private H Meldrum


Private Harold MELDRUM, 241020, (3577), 1st  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 4th October 1917, age 22.

Born Forest Gate, London, son of Austin and Florence E. Meldrum, of 34, Gordon Road, Wanstead, London.

1911 Census - 34, Gordon Road, Wanstead, Essex - Austin F Meldrum, head, age 55, married, Customs, Examining Officer, born Ripon, Yorkshire; Florence Meldrum, wife, age 55, married 29 years, 5 children, 4 still alive, born Stepney, London; Mabel Meldrum, daughter, age 27, single, milliner, worker, born Limehouse, London; Maud Meldrum, daughter, age 25, single, Supervisor, National Telephone Company, born Forest Gate, Essex; Percy Meldrum, son, age 19, single, Estate Clerk, Port of London Authority, born Forest Gate, Essex; Harold Meldrum, son, age 17, single, Clerk, South Western Bank, born Forest Gate, Essex.

Enlisted Fleet Street, EC, age 21 years & 230 days, height 6ft 3 inches, weight 170lbs, scar on breast, "due to poultice".  Resided Wanstead, Essex. Formerly bank clerk.

Home 16th June 1915 to 11th September 1917; BEF 12th September 1917 to 4th October 1917.

16th June 1915, enlisted & posted 2/5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 16th June 1915, signed declaration of willingness to Serve outside of the United Kingdom.

6th September 1915, Medical Report on an invalid - Disability, varicoele; Origin, London, 5 years ago; noticed the condition after carrying a weight of heavy books in connection with his work. Since joining Service he has felt the pain more. Felt the pain after march. The pain he says goes upwards into his groin and down the leg; present condition  varicoele on left leg;  operation advised and declined, yes; permanently unfit for service abroad.

7th September 1915 - Opinion of Medical Board - Disability permanent; ability to earn a livelihood not lessened; operation unreasonable declined; found permanently unfit for Service abroad.

22nd October 1916, absent from 24.00 until about 9.25 23rd October 1916, 4 days confined to Barracks; 11th November 1916, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 30th December 1916, appointed paid Lance Corporal; 19th June 1917 to 2th June 1917, 3/2nd Home Counties Field Ambulance, diarrhoea; 12th September 1917, Folkestone, embarked; 12th September 1917, reverts to Private on embarkation; 12th September 1917, Boulogne, didembarked; 12th September 1917, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot; 16th September 1917, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 4th October 1917, posted wounded & missing.

24th May 1918, Probate - Harold Meldrum of 34, Gordon Road, Wanstead, Essex. Private 18th Royal West Kent Regiment, died 4th October 1917, in Belgium. Probate London 24th May to Florence Elisabeth Meldrum (wife of Austin Meldrum). Effects £254 19s 11d.

17th December 1919, Statement of Relatives - Widow, none; Children, none; Father Austin Meldrum, 34, Gordon Road, Wanstead, E; Mother, Florence E Meldrum, 34, Gordon Road, Wanstead, E; Brothers - Percy Meldrum, age 28, 34, Gordon Road, Wanstead, E; Sisters - Mabel Edith Meldrum, age 37, 34, Gordon Road, Wanstead, E; Eva Maud Meldrum, age 35, 34, Gordon Road, Wanstead, E.

Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 106 to 108, Belgium.

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