Jack Quinn Meeks, DCM, MM




Jun 26, 1894

Born at Kirkintullock Scotland


Nov 17, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59649 (temporary number 208)

Ø      Next of kin given as William Hill Meeks (father) of Arnprior Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year, 42nd Regiment

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Placed in “B” Company


Feb 19, 1915

Transferred to Machine Gun Section


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal for England 



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 6, 1915

Forfeits 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Apr 3, 1916

Granted leave until April 12, 1916


Jun 22, 1916

Appointed L/Cpl with pay to replace 59325 L/Cpl  J Flanagan


Jul 7, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sgt. to replace 59958 Hugh Norton-Taylor (commissioned)


Feb 10, 1917

SOS 21st Battalion on transfer to 4th CMGC (Canadian Machine Gun Company)


Feb 11, 1917



Feb 22, 1917

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request


Mar 1, 1917

Appointed to rank of L/Cpl


Mar 16, 1917

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request


Apr 9, 1917

Promoted to rank of Sgt


Apr 25, 1917

Proceeded on course


Jul 9, 1917

Awarded Military Medal London Gazette #30172 


Citation reads

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action.  this NCO showed the greatest courage and determination leading forward a party of ammunition carriers to machine gun positions in the captured positions.  His party was several times dispersed by hostile artillery fire, but succeeded in rallying the men by his fearless example and determination.  His example throughout was an inspiration to the men

AFW 3121   15-4-17


Sep 7, 1917

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a fractured elbow (accident)


Sep 9, 1917

Rejoined unit from hospital and granted 14 days leave


Nov 25, 1917

Proceeded on Machine Gun Course


Dec 23, 1917

Rejoined unit from course


Mar 1, 1918

Transferred to Machine Gun Corps


Mar 19, 1918

Absorbed into 2nd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps


May 1, 1918

Appointed to Acting BSM (Battery Sgt Major) with pay


Jun 5, 1918

Proceeded to CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Jul 6, 1918

Rejoined unit from CCRC


Jul 13, 1918

Promoted to Warrant rank Class 2 and confirmed in appointment as BSM


Sep 9, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to United Kingdom


Sep 27, 1918

Rejoined unit from leave


Dec 15, 1918

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), as per London Gazette #31011 



Jan 8, 1919

Attended at No 14 CFA with PUO (fever of unknown origin) but not admitted


Jan 18, 1919

Admitted to No 14 CFA


Jan 28, 1919

Transferred to No 103 Field Ambulance


Jan 30, 1919

Transferred to No 4 AT (Ambulance Transport)


Feb 1, 1919

Admitted to No 3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, and diagnosed with Laryngitis


Feb 4, 1919

SOS to CMGCD (Canadian Machine Gun Corps Depot) at Seaford


Feb 5, 1919

Transferred to the No 5 Section, at Exeter War Hospital


Feb 13, 1919

Transferred to Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Mar 21, 1919

Discharged from hospital 

Ø      Granted leave until April 2, 1919


Apr 25, 1919

SOS to MD #3, Kingston Ontario while at Rhyl


May 11, 1919

SOS Rhyl on embarking the SS Saturnia at Glasgow for Canada 



May 21, 1919

Disembarked in Canada


May 22, 1919

Discharged from the CEF on Demobilization 

Ø      Discharged at Ottawa

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” No 184696 issued

Ø      Proposed address on discharge, with mother at Arnprior Ontario


Aug 29, 1920

Medals sent to Arnprior Ontario



Deceased 1965 


BSM John Quinn Meek
Albert St. Cemetery
Arnprior ON


Although he served as Jack Q Meeks, he is buried under the name John Q Meek.


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