Norman Weston Meaney

Date of birth:                  1893Poppies
Place of birth:                 Southampton
Service No.:                     618062
Rank:                                  Gunner
Regiment / Division:   Royal Horse Artillery
Battalion:                         1st Hampshire Battery
Died:                                   22nd October 1918 aged xx years
Death Location:             Egypt

Life before the War

Norman’s parents and siblings, like himself were all born in Southampton. His father was John William Edgar aka Edgar who was born in 1863. His mother Alice was born on 22nd January 1865 and Christened on 12th March 1865. John aka Edgar married Flora Alice Thomas in 1887 Southampton. She died in 1909 in the district of Portsmouth. Norman’s siblings were:

Edgar Wilfred T b.20th October 1888 d.1973
Winifred Maud b.1891, married Edward George Jefferson 1907 d.1979

In 1891, Alice was living with her 2 children at 42, Aberdeen Road, Southampton. Her husband was away at sea.

The 1901census shows the family living with Flora’s mother Elizabeth at Westbury, Shakespeare Avenue, Portswood, Southampton. Edgar works as a Ships Steward on the Seas.

The brothers, Edgar and Norman, had moved to 37, East Park Terrace, Southampton by 1911. Edgar was employed by the Royal Mail Steam Railway Company as a Shipping Clerk, whilst Norman was working as an Insurance Clerk.

 Edgar William’s Military Service

Edgar also served with the Royal Horse Artillery. His rank was Battery Quarter Master Sergeant, service number 618008 and served in Egypt. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for “gallantry in the field in the face of the enemy”. He was entitled to use the letters D.C.M. after his name. He was also awarded the British Service and Victory Medals.

Norman’s National Probate

“Meaney Norman Weston of 37 East Park Terrace Southampton gunner Royal Horse Artillery died 22 October 1918 in Egypt. Administration London 15 May to Winifred Maude Jefferson (wife of Edward George Jefferson). Effects £92 8s 4d”

Damascus

Damascus Commonwealth Cemetary

 War Service

Norman (surname transcribed as Meancy) served with the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery, with the Territorial Force,
service number 618062, rank Driver. He died on 22nd October 1918 and Remembered with Honour at the Damascus Commonwealth War
Cemetery, Syria. He was entitled to the British Service and Victory medals.

 

 

 

Researched by Becky Lonergan October 2013

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