William Meldrum (general)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
William Meldrum
Nickname(s) "Fix-Bayonets Bill"[1]
Born (1865-07-28)28 July 1865
Whangarei, New Zealand
Died 13 February 1964(1964-02-13) (aged 98)
Burnham, New Zealand
Allegiance New Zealand
Service/branch New Zealand Military Forces
Years of service 1900–1920
Rank Brigadier General
Commands held New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (1917–19)
Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment (1914–17)
6th (Manawatu) Mounted Rifles (1914)

First World War

Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches (4)
Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers' Decoration
Order of the White Eagle (Serbia)

Brigadier General William Meldrum CB, CMG, DSO, VD (28 July 1865 – 13 February 1964) was a New Zealand lawyer, farmer, military leader, magistrate and local politician. He was born in Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand.[1]

He was an unsuccessful candidate in the 1909 Rangitikei by-election, where he came third in the first ballot.[2] He served as Mayor of Greymouth from 1935 to 1938.[1]

He also played four first-class cricket matches for Auckland between 1884 and 1887.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Grover, Ray. "William Meldrum". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Final Returns". Taranaki Herald. 55 (14012). 17 September 1909. p. 3. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "William Meldrum". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "William Meldrum". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 18 June 2016.