FO Frederick Leonard Meredith, RCAF J/38814

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Frederick Meredith

Frederick Leonard Meredith was born to his parents Hubert Wellington Meredith and Clara Eleanor Bevan and was one of three children but when Frederick was two years old his mother Clara died.

But Hubert as much as he tried after his wife died was unable to look after the children with proper care and so they were adopted by Hubert’s brother, the Revd. Frederick Roy Meredith and his wife, Georgina McLean Hastie who had no children.

According to Fred’s military papers, the Revd. Fred and Georgina are listed as “next of kin” foster parents.

Following the shooting down of Lancaster LM751, Frederick's wife, Bernice (Tomlinson) received a letter from him saying that he would be home in three weeks time and that they would celebrate their first wedding anniversary together but at the same time the Revd. Frederick Meredith received a letter telling him that is nephew Fred had been shot down and was missing presumed dead.  

Name: MEREDITH, FREDERICK LEONARD
Initials: F L
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Flying Officer (Air Bomber)
Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Unit Text: 619 (R.A.F.) Sqdn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 04/12/1944
Service No: J/38814
Additional information: Son of Hubert Wellington Meredith and Clara Meredith; husband of Bernice Meredith; foster son and nephew of the Revd. Fred R. Meredith, of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Joint grave 4. H. 34-35.
Cemetery: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY

                               

                                                                                             Steve Elsden 2009

The inscription at the foot of the stone reads.

HE GAVE HIS LIFE

SO OTHERS

MIGHT KNOW FREEDOM

 

This is page 393 of the Canadian Veterans Affairs Second World War Book of Remembrance listing Fredericks name