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Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
He was the son of Hannah and John Meakin and the brother of George and Hedley Meakin. In 1911 they lived at 12, Bentinck Street, Sutton in Ashfield. He was the husband of Ellen (née Brailsford) Meakin (married 25/10/1913). Ellen Meakin was awarded a weekly pension of 10/- 15/1/1917 (ASR).
He was a police constable and former colliery banksman.
04 Jun 1916
736037 - CWGC Website
16th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Walter Meakin stood 5'9" and weighed 154lbs on enlistment. Walter Meakin was killed in action during a trench raid.
Notts Free Press 30/6/1916: Sutton Soldier Reported Missing. News has been received that Corporal W. Meakin, 16th Battalion Chatsworth Rifles, Sherwood Foresters, is reported missing. Corporal Meakin, whose home is at Sutton, has been at the front about four months. The following letter has been received from one of his comrades :- "It is with deepest regret that I have to convey to you the sad news that your brother, 26738, Corporal W. Meakin, has been missing from his company since the night of -----. He, together with a party of bombers, went 'over the top' to visit the German trenches about 10.30pm on the 3rd, and up to the present nothing has been heard of him. It is feared he has been killed. Walter was very popular with the Company, and much liked by all the ranks. He has also been a great friend of mine since being in the Army, especially since being in France. Deepest sympathy is extended to you, his mother and wife and all his friends by his comrades of D Company in your sorrow. If the worst has happened, which I fear is the case, may he receive the place in heaven he so well deserved. - With sympathy, I remain yours sincerely, Corporal George W. Adams, 26727, D Company. Article courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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