Sunday 11 November 2012

Private William Edward Frederick Mead

Born on 27 December 1894 in Hertfordshire, England - son of John and the late Mary Ann Mead, Hertfordshire, England - brother of John Mead, Depeyster Corners, New York - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Inkerman, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 1 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; light complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 154th Battalion, CEF, in South Mountain, Ontario, on 29 February 1916 (number 633606) - taken on the strength of the 4th Labour Battalion, CEF, on 17 February or 14 March 1917 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 11 or 12 April 1918 - killed in action on 10 August 1918 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Mead's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" Register,

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