John Meikle

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John Meikle
Born 11 September 1898
Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire
Died 20 July 1918 (aged 19)
Near Marfaux, France
Buried at Marfaux British Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit The Seaforth Highlanders
Battles/wars World War I 
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Military Medal

John Meikle VC MM (11 September 1898 – 20 July 1918) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Details[edit]

He was 19 years old, and a sergeant in the 4th Battalion, The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, Duke of Albany's),[1] British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 20 July 1918 near Marfaux, France, Sergeant Meikle, single-handed and armed only with a revolver and a stick, rushed and put out of action a machine-gun which was delaying his company's advance. Shortly afterwards, seizing a rifle and bayonet from a fallen comrade, he charged another machine-gun post, but was killed almost on the gun position. His bravery enabled two other men who followed him to put this gun out of action.[2]

Memorial[edit]

A memorial to John Meikle stands in Station Road, Dingwall. The inscription reads: "In memory of Sergt John Meikle V.C M.M late clerk at Nitshill Station who enlisted in H.M. Forces (Seaforth Highlanders) 8th February 1915 during the Great War and was killed in action on 20th July 1918. Erected by his railway comrades". The memorial formerly stood at Nitshill railway station and was unfortunately vandalised many times over the decades.It was moved to Levern Primary School in Nitshill, the local school John had attended and was on display in the school entrance for many years.When the school was to be demolished in 1997 the Head Teacher, Margaret Gallagher, contacted the Railway Authorities to enable the memorial to be saved for posterity. .[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Queens Own Highlanders". Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  2. ^ CWGC entry
  3. ^ "Highland Council". Retrieved 5 March 2013.