2nd Lieutenant James Drysdale Meikle, 13th Bn King’s Royal Rifle Corps

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2nd Lieutenant James Drysdale Meikle, 13th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps (previously 9th Battalion Royal Scots)

James Drysdale Meikle was born in Crossford, near Dunfermline on 11th July 1888 to John and Jane Meikle.  They lived at Strathearn Villa, Grantsbank  Street, Dunfermline.  He was educated at Dunfermline High School and then worked as a clerk in the council offices.  James enlisted into the Royal Scots as a private in February 1916.  He was wounded twice and gassed three times.  Private James Meikle was Gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant in the 13th Kings Royal Rifle Corps in August 1917.  He was awarded a certificate for Distinguished Conduct in the Field and was “Mentioned in Dispatches” by Sir Douglas Haig.  2nd Lieutenant James Drysdale Meikle was killed in action on 4th November 1918 during the Battle of Cambria.  He was 30 years old.  He was buried in Beaurain British Cemetery on 7th November 1918.


One Comment

  • Rose

    Oct 5, 2015 - Reply

    James was a cousin of my great grandfather Andrew Robert Kelt who also fought in the Great War. Andrew returned to his family in New Zealand, sadly James never had the same opportunity to return to his loved ones.

    We will remember them


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