Memorial plaque to Walter Herbert Geffery Meire 1915, St Michael & All Angels Church, Braydeston, Norfolk

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Reference WMO254865

Address:

St Michael & All Angels Church

Church Road

Braydeston

Norwich

NR13 5AP

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Located on the north wall of the nave. Dimensions: 81.5 x 64 cm approx. White marble with incised and painted lettering, mounted on red/brown marbled surround, surmounted with carved family coat of arms. Meire’s parents lived at Verne House, Blofield Road, Braydeston. Walter H G Meire was originally a member of the Ceylon Planters Rifles. The Norfolk Chronicle of 8th October 1915 quoted a letter in which a fellow lieutenant wrote that “he gallantly led his men out of the trench and was leading them across the open but had only got twenty or thirty yards when he was shot through the head. He died as a British Officer should do – at the head of his men”. Meire is also commemorated on the Loos memorial, France. The donor of the paque has not been identified but it was probably the Meire family.
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“IN LOVING MEMORY OF WALTER HERBERT GEFFERY MEIRE/2ND LIEUT 9TH NORFOLK REGIMENT/ FORMERLY IN THE CEYLON RIFLES/WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN THE BATTLE OF LOOS/SEPTEMBER 26TH 1915, AGED 25 YEARS/ DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI.” Translation: “It is sweet and noble to die for one’s country”.

Walter Herbert Geffery Meire

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