George Mehew

Oct 7, 1880

Born in Plaistow, Essex England to William and Elizabeth (nee Burley) Mehew


Aug 20, 1904

Married to Emily Plant in Plaistow, Essex, England


Aug 6, 1913

Emily Mehew embarked the SS Tunisian in Liverpool with her 3 children



Aug 14, 1913

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Peterborough, Ontario to join her husband, George, who had preceded her.


Aug 24, 1914

Gunner Mehew proceeded to Valcartier, Quebec as a member of the 3rd Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery


Sep 27, 1914

Discharged from the Canadian Field Artillery for medical reasons without attesting and returned to Peterborough, Ontario


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59651 (temporary number 599)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Emily Mehew, wife, 476 Chamberlain St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the Base Unit

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training

George’s wife Emily followed later with his children to England to be near him


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jun 24, 1916

While in the front line trench near Hill 60, the 21st Battalion came under both sniper fire and an artillery barrage from the enemy.  Private Mehew was killed along with 5 other men, with an additional 10 men being wounded.  Private Mehew was buried a short time later in Enclosure No. 4 of the Bedford House Cemetery south of Ypres, Belgium.  The first photo is of the wood cross that was first erected on his grave and the second is of the permanent grave marker that is there today.


Following his death, the Memorial Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his widow, Mrs. E. Powell (she had remarried), 14 Gisburn Mansions, Hornsey N., London, England

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Mehew c/o Mrs. Allen, No. 2 Northern Road, Plaistow, London, England



George Mehew is honoured on the War Memorial in Peterborough, Ontario




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