Cliff Fleetwood writes…
Picture one shows Mr & Mrs William (Bill) Meredith at their retirement home in Kent.
Bill was the postman at Cotteridge Post Sorting Office from around 1938 until 1950. His walk (postal speak for round) was from Pershore Road South to the Breedon Cross, including some of the side roads.
He had two fingers missing from one of his hands as a result of wounding during WW1. He finished his enlistment with rank of Seargent.
2.He served with 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards during WW1 and was awarded the Albert Medal (very rare and now replaced by the George Cross) in that war. During WW2 he served in the Home Guard based at GKN Breedon Hill with rank of Warrant Officer.
Picture two shows Bills widow, with nephew on right, at Chelsea Barracks in 1998 having donated the medal to the Brigade of Guards Museum. Director on left.
Merediths
AlbertMedal

4 Responses to “Bill Meredith, Great War hero and postman”

  • Bob Goodson:

    I am interested in learning more about William (Bill) Herbert Meredith, AM who was a Lance Corporal in the Grenadier Guards at the time he was awarded the Albert Medal.

    I too am a Grenadier living in Kent, as were Ellen and Bill at some point. I know the picture of Ellen and the nephew was taken at Regimental Headquarters in Wellington Barracks London in 1995 and that Ellen lived in Capel le Ferne at that time.

    I have been asked to try and establish the date of death of William Meredith. If it can be established with certainty that he died after 1971, his name will then be added to the official list of GC or equivalent holders.

    If there is any information you can add, then please let me have detail.

    Thank you.

  • Bob Goodson:

    Following an extensive search and much help from a number of people, I am happy to advise that the date of death of William A Meredith, AM has been confirmed as 22 September 1974 and that he was cremated on 26 September 1974. A plaque displaying William Meredith’s name is at the Hawkinge Crematorium in Kent.

    Since the date of death was now known Regimental Headquarters Grenadier Guards notified The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association.

    A letter from the Secretary of The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association, was subsequently received confirming that Lance Sergeant W H Meredith may now be added to the official records of those recipients of the Albert Medal who were alive and eligible to receive the George Cross in 1971.

    William A Meredith, AM was awarded the Albert Medal in recognition of his gallant conduct in saving life at rifle grenade practise on 5th November 1916, while serving with the Grenadier Guards during the Great War.

    As a result of the research into the specific date of death, his medals can now take their place alongside the ten Victoria Crosses and one George Cross awarded to members of the Regiment, which are held in Regimental Headquarters Grenadier Guards in Wellington Barracks, London.

  • Cliff Fleetwood:

    Old soldiers never die? Here I am in 2016 and still researching the history of “Uncle” Bill Meredith. I know he served as a WO.1 in the Home Guard based at GKN Stirchley, but no records exist, or do you know better?
    I understand that the “guards” are publisjing a book and will include details of Bill, so it would be nice to discover his involvement with the Home Guard in WW2.

  • Marion Hebblethwaite:

    Do we know his date of birth and any children?

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