John Saxon Meldrum


Jun 16, 1892

Born in Berwick, Ontario to William John and Ruth Adelaide (nee Monk) Meldrum


Feb 18, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion in Cornwall, Ontario 

Ø      Number 633493
next of kin given as W.J. Meldrum, father, Berwick, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 9 months in the 59th Regiment, Canal Guard, in Cornwall, Ontario

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

On Attestation he gave his birth date as June 26, 1893, while his actual birth is recorded on the birth registration as June 16, 1892


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the HMS Mauretania in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England


Jan 31, 1917

The battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling to continue training


Apr 17, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 85 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.

After a short stay here, he joined the 21st Battalion at the front.


Jan 5, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 18, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Apr 6, 1918

After being wounded, Private Meldrum was invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege



Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital in England


Dec 12, 1918

Following his discharge from hospital, he embarked the SS Northland in Liverpool, England


Dec 26, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was discharged from the CEF


Dec 6, 1922

Married to Lillian McArdle in the St. Stephen Anglican Church, Lachine, Quebec


Jun 27, 1965

Died in Northfield, Ontario and buried in the St. Lawrence Valley Cemetery, Ingleside, Ontario

Above is the family headstone, while below is the individual flat marker for John Meldrum


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