Born: 4th July 1880, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

Died: 27th May 1919; age: 38; at Fargo Military Hospital, Salisbury.

Residence: 19, St. Julian’s Farm Road, West Norwood, Surrey.


Rank: Captain

Regiment: Worcestershire Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Grave Reference:


West Norwood Cemetery & Crematorium of London.




1881     Wellington Street, South Lynn, Norfolk.


William was 9 months old and living with his parents.

William Meal, 29, a Painter, born Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.A.

Charlotte Seeker Meal (nee Bunting), 24, born Kings Lynn, Norfolk.


1891   Somersetshire Certified Industrial Home for Boys, Lower Bristol Road, Bath, Somersetshire.


William was 10 years old and 1 of the 180 inmates under the Industrial School’s Act.

The stated object of the home was ‘to reclaim abandoned boys, and to rescue those whose unhappy circumstances would inevitably lead them to crime and profligacy.’


1911   West London District Poor Law School, Ashford, Middlesex.


William 30 years old, an Officer and Assistant at the school.


William’s father William Meal died, 1883, King’s Lynn, Norfolk.


William’s mother, Charlotte, re-married in 1885, King’s Lynn, to William Register. They made their home in London.


William joined Laxon Street School, Southwark on the 23rd August 1887. His step father, William Register, of 40, St. Margaret’s Court, Southwark, was his next-of-kin.


On Monday, 4th November 1889, 9 year old, William was admitted from the parish of St. George, by order of a Magistrate, to St. George’s Workhouse, Mint Street, Southwark. He was CofE. His first meal would be supper, and he was on the workhouse’s Class 3 diet.


On the 23rd August 1911, St. Mark’s Church, Myddleton Square, London, 31 year old, William, a Drill Instructor, married 30 year old, Minnie Page, of 11, Tivoli Road, North London, born 1881.

They had 2 children:

William H. Meal, born 1914 – died 1915, Ipswich.

Kathleen Margaret Meal, born January 1912, Ipswich.


Probate to Minnie Meal – widow.


Soldiers’ Effects to Minnie Page – widow.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich.


Worcestershire Regiment, 1st Battalion.



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