Frederick MEIKLE
Rank: Private
Number: 202237
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 9 September 1918
Age: 38
Cemetery: Vaulx Hill Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Frederick was one of several children of Frederick and Jane Meikle.

The birth of Frederick, senior, was registered at Stockport between January and March 1847 and he died between July and August 1895. The 1901 Census notes he had the following children:- David (then aged 19, born in Edmonton,Essex and working as "carter on" for a builder); Emily (11, born Stockport); Frederick (21, born Edmonton, a gasser at a cotton mill); George (17, born Stockport, yarn spinner); John (23 born  Crumpsall, Manchester); Margaret (13, born Stockport, cop winder at cotton mill) and Mary (15, born Stockport, hemp spinner). Jane is also recorded, aged 48.

Frederick, junior, is listed then aged 21, having been born in Edmonton, Middlesex and working as a gasser in a cotton. The eldest brother, William, does not appear to be listed on the Census. This might suggest he was not in the country at the time, perhaps serving aboard with the army.

Sometime between July and September 1901, Frederick married Medelia Hallis and they lived at 3 Avy Mount, Alpine Road Stockport. Frederick was conscripted into the army, his service number indicating this was after January 1917.

Regimental records indicate that Frederick was killed in action. However, on 9 September 1918, the Battalion was well away from the front line, undertaking platoon and company training near the village of Bienvillers. The Cemetery where Frederick is buried is some 25 kilometres at the village of Vaulx-Vraucourt. The Battalion's records do not note any casualties for that day, so it seems likely that Frederick must have been temporarily attached to another unit when he was killed.

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