MEAKIN, Duncan McDonald Forbes

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Notes
  5. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
Army
Conflict
World War I
Date of Enlistment
10/08/1915
Date of Discharge
14/07/1920
Place of Enlistment
Sydney NSW

Personal Details

Gender
Male
Place of Birth
Derby, England
Address (at enlistment)
Duntroon ACT
Occupation
Groom
Next of Kin
Grace Meakin (sister), Derby, England

Unit and Rank Details

Service Number
1581
Final Rank
Trooper
Final Unit
12 Light Horse Regiment AIF

Notes

Meakin was an Englishman employed as a groom at the Royal Military College, Duntroon from October 1914 until he enlisted on 10 August 1915 in Sydney. He served with B Squadron of the 12th Light Horse Regiment in the Sinai and Palestine from February 1916 and was part of the charge of the Light Horse at Beersheba in October 1917. Meakin completed his service but rather than return immediately to Australia, he travelled to England where he married Beatrice Mary Smith in Nottinghamshire in September 1919. He and his wife returned to Australia and he was discharged on 15 July 1920. Meakin is shown as being employed at Duntroon until 1921. He later moved to the Hunter and is believed to have died in the Wyong district in 1960.

Description - height 5 feet 4½ inches, weight 114 pounds, chest 32-35 inches, ruddy complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, Church of England.

Sources

Ross Howarth, 'Civilians employed at the Royal Military College of Australia, Duntroon, from 1911 to 1931', RMC Duntroon, November 2000
NSW Births, Deaths & Marriages
http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm
NAA RecordSearch - Series B2455 (First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920)

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