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Meredith, Kenneth Evan (1915-1944)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.

 

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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.

 

Details: Kenneth Evan Meredith (1915-1944), born 20 May 1915, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Elsdale Meredith and Jessie Campbell Meredith of 'Gainsborough', Kings Road, Sherborne, Dorset, later of Godalming, Surrey. Married to Elizabeth Marion (Betty) Meredith. Lived at Roseland, Douglas Avenue, Exmouth, Devon.

 

Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.

 

Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) May 1929-July 1933; 6th form; 1st XI cricket (1933); 1st XV rugby football (1932); 1st Class Gym; Class Leader; Lance-Corporal in OTC.

 

Royal Military College, Sandhurst; cadet scholarship, under-officer, XI, XV, golf team; Dorset Regiment.

 

Member of the Old Shirburnian Pilgrims.

 

WW2, Major, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action near Villers Bocage, France, on 11 July 1944, aged 28.

 

Commemorated at:

Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France, XXI. E. 6 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2328259/meredith,-ken...(bill)/

 

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House War Memorial.

 

Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Kenneth Evan Meredith was killed in France in July 1944. He was in the School Football and Cricket teams, as well as the VIth Form, and he represented the R.M.C. at both games as well as at golf. He was an Under-Officer there; and then, after a period with his regiment, went to Malta and later to the War Officer. Rejoining his regiment he went abroad with the Invasion Forces. "Ice-cold and terrific in action," is one description of him. The last recollection a wounded brother Officer had of him, before losing consciousness, was of Meredith standing over him with a Sten gun tackling a Tiger tank. He was deeply kind and humane with no killing instinct, but he would never shrink or fail in a fight. He was one who was never satisfied unless he had given of his best, whether it was in games or his work or war or any other effort. To those who knew him well this high standard applied also to all his notions of conduct. In short, a very gallant soldier and gentleman.'

 

His housemaster, A.H. Trelawny-Ross, wrote in the Lyon House letter (July 1944): 'Major Kenneth Evan Meredith, The Dorsetshire Regt. (1929-33), was killed in July. He was in the School Football and Cricket teams, as well as the VIth Form, and represented the R.M.C. at both games as well as at golf. He was an Under Officer there before leaving to join his Regiment with Rupert Wheatley, with whom he shared so many of his activities here and later. Their friendship lasted to the end and my thoughts are very much with Rupert in this grievous blow. Bill Meredith "was deeply kind and humane, with no killing instincts," but he would never shrink or fail in a fight; and the story of him, given later in these pages, not long before he was killed by a mortar bomb, will stand for all time imprinted on my mind as that of a very gallant soldier.'

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