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George MELDRUM

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Surname: MELDRUM

Forename(s): George

Place of Birth: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Service No: 35069

Rank: A/2nd Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Engineers

Battalion / Unit: 88th Field Coy

Division: 13th (Western) Division

Age: 49

Date of Death: 1917-11-10

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: XII. F. 15.

CWGC Cemetery: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: EARBY, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

George Meldrum's parentage has not been found.

1901 Bolton, Lancashire Census: 85, Wellington Street - George Meldrum, aged 35 years, born Scotland, husband of Ellen Meldrum.

George was married to Ellen Birkett in 1903.

1911 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 43, Chapel Street - George Meldrum, aged 41 years, born Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, husband of Ellen Meldrum.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: A/2/Cpl George Meldrum, 35069, R.E. Theatre of War first served in: (3) Egypt. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 16.9.15. Died 10.11.17.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: A/2/Cpl George Meldrum, 35069, Royal Engineers.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: A/2nd Cpl George Meldrum, 35069, R. Eng’s. Date and Place of Death: 10.11.17. O.A.S. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow Sole Legatee - Ellen. £36 11s. 1d.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: A/2nd Cpl George Meldrum, 35069, 88th Fld. Coy R.E. Date and Place of Death: 10.11.17. Mesopotamia. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow Sole Legatee - Ellen. £12 0s. 6d.

See also:
‘Earby in the First World War’ by Stephanie Carter, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2014).
‘Our Finest Crop’ by Steven Marshall, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2020).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

MELDRUM, George, R.E., 15, Shuttleworth Street, [Earby], died from smallpox, Baghdad, Nov. 10, 1917.

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A/2nd Corporal George MELDRUM

A/2nd Corporal George MELDRUM

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 13th (Western) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 13th (Western) Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: MELDRUM

Forename(s): George

Born: Glasgow

Residence: Earby, Yorks

Enlisted: Colne, Lancs

Number: 35069

Rank: A/2nd/Cpl

Regiment: Corps of Royal Engineers

Battalion:

Decorations:

Died Date: 10/11/17

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: Mesopotamia

Notes: Formerly 13853, Lan Fus. (88th Field Coy., R.E.)

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: MELDRUM

Forename(s): George

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 35069

Rank: 2nd Corporal

Regiment: Royal Engineers

Unit: 88th Field Coy.

Age: 49

Awards:

Died Date: 10/11/1917

Additional Information: Husband of Ellen Meldrum, of 15, Shuttleworth St., Earby, Colne. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: MAY HIS REWARD BE AS GREAT AS HIS SACRIFICE LOVING WIFE)

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23 November 1917

MELDRUM – November 10th, at Baghdad, Corporal George Meldrum, of 15, Shuttleworth Street, Earby, aged 49 years (formerly employed at C. Watson’s Joinery Works, Lane Ends, Earby).

23 November 1917

EARBY – ENGINEER’S DEATH IN BAGHDAD

The War Office have notified Mrs. Meldrum, 15, Shuttleworth Street, Earby, of the death of her husband, Corporal George Meldrum, R.E., which took place from smallpox in the Isolation Hospital, Baghdad, on the 10th November. Deceased, who was 49 years of age, enlisted in the Royal Engineers in January 1915, and served in Egypt and Gallipoli before going to Mesopotamia 18 months ago. He was present at the evacuation of the Dardanelles, after which he came home on sick leave with a dislocated ankle. Prior to joining the Army he was a joiner in the employ of Mr. Chas Watson, Earby. Corporal Meldrum was a native of Aberdeen and had lived at Earby about five years. He leaves a widow but no family.

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23 November 1917

MELDRUM – Nov. 10th, at Bagdad, Corpl. George Meldrum, of 15, Shuttleworth Street, Earby, aged 49 years (formerly employed at C. Watson’s joinery works, Lane Ends, Earby).

23 November 1917

EARBY ENGINEER’S DEATH IN BAGHAD

The War Office have notified Mrs. Meldrum, 15, Shuttleworth Street, Earby, of the death of her husband, Corpl. George Meldrum, Royal Engineers, which took place from small-pox in the Isolation Hospital, Baghdad, on the 10th November. Deceased, who was 48 years of age, enlisted in the Royal Engineers in January, 1915, and served in Egypt and Gallipoli before going to Mesopotamia 18 months ago. He was present at the evacuation of the Dardanelles, after which he came home on sick leave with a dislocated ankle. Prior to joining the army he was a joiner in the employ of Mr. Chas. Watson, Earby. Corporal Meldrum was a native of Aberdeen, and had lived at Earby about five years. He leaves a widow but no family.

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