Born: 1882, Marske by the Sea, Guisborough, Yorkshire.

Died: 15th December 1917; age 35; died of pneumonia whilst home on leave.

Occupation: Ipswich Borough Surveyor – Town Hall.

Date of Entry Therein: 13th March 1917 – France.


Rank: Captain.

Regiment: Royal Engineers, 335th Road, Construction Coy.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:

New Ground,

St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard,

Newton Solney,





1901   54, Frederick Street, Stapenhill, Staffordshire.


John was 19 years old, a Pupil – Civil Engineer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Henry Mead, 43, a Builder, born Castleton, North Yorkshire.

Hannah Mead (nee Layton), 44, born High Coniscliffe, Durham.

Henry Layton Mead, 13, born Marske by the Sea, Guisborough, Yorkshire.

Elizabeth Mead, 8, born Marske by the Sea, Guisborough, Yorkshire.


1911   4, Kirkland Avenue, Birkenhead, Merseyside.

John was 29 years old, a Civil Engineer – at Birkenhead Corporation. He was married and head of the household.

Margaret, 28.


On the 6th September 1910, at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Newton Solney, Derbyshire, 28 year old John, a civil engineer, married, 27 year old Margaret Madeley, born 1883, in Stapenhill, Derbyshire – daughter of Charles Edward Madeley, a farmer – own account, and Elizabeth Madeley (nee Foster), of Blacksmith’s Lane, Newton Solney.

Margaret and John had two children:

John M. Mead, born 1915, Ipswich – died 1916, Ipswich.

Brenda Margaret Mead, 1917, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire.


On the 24th February 1922, Mrs. J.R. Mead, of The Hollies, Newton Solney, Derbyshire received her late husband’s medals.


Probate to Margaret Mead – widow, and Frank Angell, a maltster.


John is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary’s Church, Newton Solney, and on the war memorial under the Borough Surveyors Department at the Town Hall, Ipswich.


Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal – Friday, 21st December 1917 – The funeral took place with military honours at Newton Solney, on Wednesday, 19th December, of Captain John Robert Mead, R.E., who died of pneumonia while home on leave. John had spent about six months in France in charge of a roadmaking company and was under heavy shell fire most of the time.


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Royal Engineers, 335th Road, Construction Coy

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