CASUALTY OF WAR
19 MAY 1918
Died on service, Second Lieutenant CHRISTOPHER BENTLEY MEADOWS, (23), Military Cross, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Christopher and Ada Meadows, Abbotsford, Waverley Place, Saltcoats.
The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald previously reported: -
“Mr and Mrs Meadows, Franklin Place, Saltcoats, received a brief message on Tuesday morning from their son, Christopher Bentley Meadows, of the Highland Light Infantry, that he had been wounded in the thigh by a bomb on the 13th instant.
Private Meadows took part in the big fight on 1st July, and came through that very severe engagement unscathed, and was in three charges later. He was on his way to a hospital at the base when he penned the note referred to.
It has been our privilege to publish, and our readers’ pleasure to peruse, a number of graphically written descriptive letters from Private Meadows. He has a facile pen, and tells his story with the touch of an artist. He holds the diploma of Art Master, and his drawing are one of the outstanding features in the monthly magazine issued by his Company.
His many friends will wish for him an early and sure recovery.”
The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -
“The news that Bentley Meadows has been killed in action was received in Saltcoats with the deepest of regret.
Second Lieutenant Christopher Bentley Meadows, King’s Own Lancaster Regiment, was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Chris Meadows, Abbotsford, Saltcoats.
He joined the Chamber of Commerce Battalion, 17th Highland Light Infantry, in July, 1915, and was wounded in the Somme Battle.
On returning to the field he was attached to the 9th Royal Scots, and with them went through Mametz Wood and the Battle of the Ancre.
He received his commission in the K.O.R.L. Regiment in August, 1917, and he took part in the Cambrai Battle and commanded a Company in the Bourlon Wood. He was also in the big German offensive and in the latter fighting he gained the Military Cross for his gallantry, and 9 of his men were awarded the Military Medal.
Before enlisting, Second Lieutenant Meadows was a student in the Glasgow School of Arts, and had gained his diploma and Art Mastership. He showed much promise, and work from his pencil and his pen has appeared in various journals. His letters home from the front, many of which have been published in our columns showed the vivid descriptive pen he possessed and his gift of narrative writing.
Bentley Meadows had a most likeable personality, and his death adds another name to the long list of promising young men whom the nation could ill afford to lose, but who gave their lives cheerfully that the nation itself might live free.
The deepest sympathy will be extended to Mr and Mrs Meadow and family."
Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.