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Walter Meadows (1895-unknown)

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“Walter Meadows (1895-unknown),” Wyndham History, accessed May 23, 2018, http://wyndhamhistory.net.au/items/show/2259.
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Title

Walter Meadows (1895-unknown)

Subject

Meadows, Walter

Publisher

Wyndham City Libraries

Date

22 September 1914

Contributor

Bill Strong

Format

text

Language

eng

Type

Text

Biographical Text

No.27  Lance Corporal Walter Meadows

Pre War

Walter Meadows was born in 1895 but there is no record in the Victoria Birth Indexes.

On his embarkation record, Walter Meadows listed Werribee as being his residential address, at the time of his enlistment in the A.I.F.  He also nominated his brother, W.A. Meadows as his next of kin.

Walter stated that he had previous military service with the 29th Light Horse. [The 29th Light Horse regiment (Port Phillip Horse) were mobilised for duty on 8 August 1914.
The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide), 8 August 1914, p.1]

It is suspected that he transferred directly into full time military service.

War Service

There is no Service Record for Walter Meadows on the National Archives web site. All information on him comes from other sources.

According to the Embarkation Rolls, Walter Meadows enlisted in the A.I.F. on 22 September 1914, and was allocated to the Headquarters unit of the 8th Light Horse Regiment (they were part of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade). They embarked from Melbourne per H.M.A.T. A16, Star of Victoria, on 25 February 1915, and sailed to Egypt.

The 8th Light Horse Regiment were sent to Gallipoli in May 1915, as an unmounted unit. These men were deployed as reinforcements to the Infantry units, and their largest action was in the Battle of the Neck. This was considered to be the most senseless waste of Australian lives at Gallipoli, when 240 men were slaughtered by Turkish machine gunners, in four attacking waves. The remnants of the unit then continued on in a defensive role, until the general withdrawal from Anzac Cove in December 1915.

The Australian Light Horse then fought in the two Battles for Gaza, and then the Battle of Beersheba, before moving on to Palestine. There they participated in the capture of Jerusalem and then Damascus.

Post War

The A.I.F. Nominal Roll for WW1 states that No.27 Private Walter Meadows of the 3rd Light Horse Division, returned to Australia on 3 July 1919.

This matches a newspaper report in The Age, 28 July 1919, p.8, which stated that Lance Sergeant W. Meadows of the 8th Light Horse Regiment had embarked from Suez per H.H. “Malta”, on 3 July 1919, for return to Australia.

Persons with the surname Meadows, that corresponds to Walter, or his brother, have not been able to be located on the post WW1 Electoral Roll.

Notes

There is no Service Record available online at the National Archives, for either Walter Meadows, or his brother, W.A. Meadows. The only information comes from his unit's embarkation record, the AIF Nominal Roll, and newspaper reports of their activities. 

Name on the Werribee Shire Oak Board: MEADOWS, W.

The name “Meadows, W” first appeared in the Roll of Honor, Werribee Shire Banner, 22 July 1915, p.3.

Bibliography

Embarkation - https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/
Unit War Diary - https://www.awm.gov.au/collection
Death – ancestry.com.au
Service Record – https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/
Marriage – ancestry.com.au
Pioneer Index 1837-1888 CD
Federation Index 1889-1901 CD
Edwardian Index 1902-1913 CD
Great Wat Index 1914-1920 CD

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