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  cap badgePrivate Michael Meechan

9th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Service No: 38081

Michael Meechan grave

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Family Information

Son of Michael Meechan of 7a Henderson St, Coatbridge. Michael made a Will dated 06/07/1918. He left the whole of his property and effects to his sister Mrs Rose Stevenson of Kingsland, 472 Main St, Bellshill. From the 1901 Census - Address - 73c Buchanan St, Coatbridge - Michael Meechan aged 40, Mary Meechan aged 34, Susan Meechan aged 13, John Meechan aged 10, Michael Meechan aged 6, Rose Meechan aged 2, boarder John Meechan aged 61.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 70 Buchanan St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 28/09/1918

Enlisted

Coatbridge

Employed

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Age

24

Buried / Remembered

Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 68 to 70), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The battles of the Ypres Salient claimed many lives on both sides and it quickly became clear that the commemoration of members of the Commonwealth forces with no known grave would have to be divided between several different sites. The site of the Menin Gate was chosen because of the hundreds of thousands of men who passed through it on their way to the battlefields. It commemorates those of all Commonwealth nations, except New Zealand, who died in the Salient, in the case of United Kingdom casualties before 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). Those United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. Other New Zealand casualties are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery. The Tyne Cot Memorial now bears the names of almost 35,000 officers and men whose graves are not known.

Additional Information

The Tyne Cot Memorial forms the north-eastern boundary of TYNE COT CEMETERY, which was established around a captured German blockhouse or pill-box used as an advanced dressing station. The original battlefield cemetery of 343 graves was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when remains were brought in from the battlefields of Passchendaele and Langemarck, and from a few small burial grounds. It is now the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world in terms of burials. At the suggestion of King George V, who visited the cemetery in 1922, the Cross of Sacrifice was placed on the original large pill-box. There are three other pill-boxes in the cemetery. There are now 11,961 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in Tyne Cot Cemetery, 8,373 of these are unidentified. See photos for Michael's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Tyne Cot Memorial Panel List, Michael's Pension Records x 3, his name on the Tyne Cot Memorial x 2 and the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Cap Badge.

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