Full military honours for Gedney Dyke soldier in 1915

St Mary Magdalene Church, Gedney.
St Mary Magdalene Church, Gedney.
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There were full military honours for a young Gedney Dyke soldier who had died in 1915.

Pte G A Meatheringham (18) died in hospital after being wounded at the Dardanelles.

He had been brought home for medical treatment, but had died.

The report in these newspapers of his funeral said there was “a widespread demonstration of sympathy” at Gedney when “with full military honours, the mortal remains of Pte G A Meatheringham were consigned to their last resting place in the parish churchyard”.

He was the son of Mr and Mrs C Meatheringham, of Gedney Dyke, and had enlisted with the 3rd Lincolns. He had trained at Grimsby and had been sent to the Dardanelles in the autumn with a draft to the 6th Lincolns.

After being wounded in early October he was brought to England, but had died at Whitchurch Hospital in Cardiff at the beginning of December.

A large gathering of sympathisers – reported to be about 500 – were present for the funeral after his body was brought to Gedney by train from Cardiff.

The vicar of Gedney, the Rev R L Gales, conducted the service. The coffin was draped with the Union flag, on which lay the dead man’s cap and belt.

Three volleys were fired over the grave, and the Last Post was sounded.

At Morton, a memorial service had been held in the parish church for three village heroes: Pte Joseph Taylor, Pte Arthur Ashton, and Pte Thomas Fowler.

The church was packed with parishioners as the vicar, the Rev J H Boldero, conducted the service.

In his service the vicar said the soldiers had all been members of the church and had all been in the church choir.

The National Anthem was sung at the end of the service, and the Dead March played.