Ronald and William Meek

Ronald and William Meek

On 30 October 1914, the West Lothian Courier  reported:

A number of the Ambulance Corps left Fauldhouse this week for Aldershot. They expect to be placed in one of the hospitals there to attend to the wounded. Among those who left were A. Boyd, H. Boyd, W. Barrie, T. Clark, J. Steele, W. Steele, R. Meek.

Ronald Meek, a coal miner, was 23 when war broke. He was already trained in first aid through the Ambulance Corps in Fauldhouse, and along with fellow members who included John and William ‘Curly’ Steele, Andrew and Henry Boyd, he was immediately sent to help at the hospital in the army training camp at Aldershot. From there, he and most of his ambulance corps mates went on to enlist in the army. With his first aid knowledge and experience, he naturally chose the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). He was one of the first group of young men from Fauldhouse to enlist in the early months of the war.

His youngest brother William, a colliery dispatch clerk, also enlisted and served with the 7th/8th Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed on 30 Oct 1916, aged 20. The photograph of his father at the graveside shows the Imperial War Graves Commission crosses which were later replaced by the standard white stone Commonwealth War Graves Commission grave markers. The photograph shows that Mr Meek must have visited his son’s grave in the first year or so after the end of the war.

©1914-18: Fauldhouse Remembers Group

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two soldiers
Ronald Meek (left) with RAMC mates, probably at training camp (Courtesy of Gordon Mackinnon, Canada)
man at graveside
William Meek at his son William's grave, Dornancourt Cemetery, near Albert, France.