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WWI 8/3005 AWMM
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Unknown AWMM Palmerston, New Zealand AWMM
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W. Meikle (brother), Waterhead, Kirkmuirhill, Lanarkshire, Scotland AWMM
Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
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Thomas Meikle was the son of Thomas and Christina Meikle, of Kype Waterhead, Kirkmuirhill, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Below is a quotation detailing the circumstances of Mr Meikle's death. It is from the book: "Gallipoli to the Somme: Recollections of a New Zealand Infantryman" by Alexander Aitken published in 1963. (Chapter 11, pages 72/73)
"Three of the four days were fairly quiet. In the day-time a few sentries kept look-out from the bays while the rest slept; in the night-time everyone had to be on the fire-step under full equipment until Stand-to in the chilly dawn. Trenches here were very tumble-down, and enfilading machine-gun fire dropping at long range actually came from behind - so extreme was the curvature of the salient - and had wounded two officers of the Company we relieved, the 4th Company, at the dug-out entrance; snipers were active and had already killed a tall officer of the same Company, Mr Hall, popular in the 6th Reinforcements, in the front line. Stale, foul-smelling water from the winter rains stagnated in the floor of the trenches under the rotting duckboards, and there was a pump for removing this over the parados to the muddy unsightly terrain, full of stinking pools in shell holes large or small, that lay between the front and the support line. Our dug-outs were on the edge of this morass, low shelters topped with old sand-bags or corrugated iron. Large, well-conditioned rats infested the line at nights, scamperingd along parapets or gnawing at haversacks in the dug-outs, supplementing their vampire meal. But the line was quiet, quiet in no Remarqian sense; there was no shelling here, nothing but the echo-awakening crackle of Parapet Joe and the hiss of rising flare-lights, soaring to their parabolic apex and shedding a bluish or greenish light over no-man's land. Our own flares seemed inferior to those of the enemy; we fired them up rarely and almost apologetically; indeed, we generally left the illumination of no-man's-land to the Germans, who had excellent flares, sometimes with parachtues attached, below which they might swing gracefully for what seemed a full minute.
On the morning of the third day, 28th May, if my reckoning is right, shrapnel came over early, killing Tom Wilson, one of the the men who had been with me in those last days on Rhododendron Ridge, mortally wounding Tom Meikle of the 7th Reinforcements on the same fire-step, and sparing Tom McCone, who had been sitting between the other two." AWMM
29 May 1916 AWMM
Age 26 AWMM
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Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France AWMM I. B. 18. AWMM
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My great uncle on my mother's paternal family. He emigrated from Lesmahagow in 1913, and returned to Europe in the New Zealand regiment. I have visited his grave in Northern France.
Public - Sandra - Direct descendant - 9 August 2017
|09 August 2017||Sandra ||North Yorkshire ||Direct descendant||
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