Thursday 11 October 2012

Private Frederick Donald Meldrum

Born on 24 January 1886 in Ormond, Ontario - son of J.A. Meldrum, Ottawa, Ontario - nephew of Mrs. Sarah Dockstater, Ormond, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Baptist; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 19 July 1915 (number 410360) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 1 November 1916 - buried in Adanac Military Cemetery (grave VI.D.29), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Meldrum's headstone from Adanac Military Cemetery 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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