R.F. Meacham

MEACHAM, Richard Frederick
Private 19641,
7th Battalion, King’s (Shropshire Light Infantry)

Born - Clee, St Margaret, Salop
Enlisted - Bargoed
Residence - Nelson, Glam
Died - 28th November 1917 - Western Front
Killed in action - aged 24yrs

Son of Richard Meacham, of Marsh Farm, Clee St. Margaret, Craven Arms, Salop
Husband of Edith Olwen Meacham, of 26, Dynevor Terrace, Nelson, Cardiff.

Buried at Favreuil Military Cem., Bapaume, France Grave ii.c.24

Pt  RF Meacham
Richard MEacham headstone

Richard Frederick Meacham was one of three children born to Richard and Ellen Meacham. Richard was born in about 1869 and was the owner/farmer at Marsh farm, Clee St Margaret, Shropshire. He had been born at The Sarn, in Montgomeryshire.
Ellen, his wife was born in Glanafon, Radnorshire in about 1851, making her eighteen years older than her husband.

Their three children were:

Annie Pryce Meacham - born around 1890
Emily Meacham - born around 1892, and
Richard Frederick - born in 1893.


Favreuil Military Cemetery,
The Somme

Richard had come to Nelson some time after the 1911 census enumeration. On 29th May, 1916 he married Edith Olwen Thomas who was living at 26 Dynevor Street, Nelson with her parents, James and Margaret Thomas and it seems that the newlyweds continued to live at that address. I can find no record of Richard and Olwen having had any children, but in the first quarter of 1922, Edith Olwen Meacham re-married to a Thomas Crocker.


15th Dec 1917.

Killed in action.

The death in action of Private Fred Meacham, 7th battalion, K.S.L.I has to be recorded. Private Meacham was killed in France on 27th November. He was only 24 years old and was a native of Craven Arms, Salop, but had lived in this district for over four years. At the time of his call-up he was employed as a chauffeur to Dr W.W. Leigh, J.P. of Glynbargoed.
He had been about 18months in France.
On May 29th 1916 he was married at St John’s Church, Nelson to Miss Olwen Thomas, daughter of Mr and Mrs James Thomas of 26 Dynevor Terrace, Nelson and on his return to France was wounded in the battle of Mametz Wood. He was for some months in hospital at Birkenhead and came home on short leave last March.
Private Meacham was killed by a machine gun bullet whilst on a working party in the front line.
25th Nelson man killed in action.

[Source: Merthyr Express]

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