Sgt John Meikle VC MM

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Reference WMO257543


Nitshill Station

Nitshill Road




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Stone of remembrance
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Rough shaped stone of remembrance, upon a rectangular stone base. Smooth, polished face to which is affixed a square black plaque with a decorative illustration of a Victoria Cross and detailed dedication. Long inscription under Names tab.
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In memory of/Sergeant John Meikle VC MM/4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs) Territorial Force/(11th September 1898 - 20th July 1918) John Meikle was a Glasgow, Barrhead & Kilmarnock Joint Railway clerk/at Nitshill Station, who enlisted in February 1915, at the age of 16 years./Mobilised to France in July 1916, he was awarded the Military Medal after/the overthrow of the Menin Road bridge near Ypres in early October 1917. Returning to France in early 1918, with his trademark heavy walking stick,/he was thrust into intense action centred on the River Marne, east of Paris./His company was attacking in the valley of the Ardre on the afternoon of/20th July, and was held up by machine gun fire. He advanced alone across/150 yards of open ground to destroy a machine gun nest using his revolver/and the walking stick. Later he advanced alone again, but was killed when/almost on top of a further machine gun post. However, his bravery enabled/his comrades to take that position. For his actions he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

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