John Henry MEADE

MEADE, John Henry

Service Number: 304
Enlisted: 22 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, March 1895
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Alma Public School, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Braceman
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Turkey, 13 August 1915
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Hill Barrier District Roll of Honour, Broken Hill South Mine Roll of Honour, Broken Hill War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 304, 10th Infantry Battalion, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 304, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 304, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Lori Medlin

The Death of Private J. H. Meade

Mr. J. Brady, of 45 Patton Street, South Broken Hill, received official intimation this afternoon, that his stepson, Private J. H. Meade, was killed in action at the Dardanelles on August 13. Private Meade, who was 19 years of age, was among the first to enlist from Broken. Hill, and was a member of H Company, 10th Battalion, 3rd Brigade. He took part in the historic landing at Gaba Tepe on April 25. When in Broken Hill he worked for some time in the carpentering department at the South mine and at the time he enlisted he was employed as a brace man. He played football with one of the junior football teams at South Broken Hill. (The Barrier Miner, Broken Hill, 31 Aug 1915)


National Archives - Letters to John Henry's mother, Mrs Brady, regarding his burial:

On 13 January 1920 Mrs Brady was informed;

"Madam, your son, the late No. 304 Private J. H. Meade, 10th Battalion, he is buried in Victoria Gully Cemetery No. 2, Gallipoli, about half a mile South East of Anzac Cove."

On May 18th 1921;

"Madam, your son, the late No. 304 Private J. H. Meade, 10th Battalion, his remains have been exhumed and re-interred at Brown's Dip Cemetery, ANZAC, about 500 yards South of Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. This is carried out with every measure of care and reverence in the presence of a Chaplain." 

On 13th Apr 1923;

"Madam, your son, the late No. 304 Private J. H. Meade, 10th Battalion, his remains have again been exhumed and finally interred in the Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC, about 1 3/8 miles SE of Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. Plot 3, Row A, Grave 3. This action was rendered necessary on account of the former site being exposed to torrential rains at certains seasons and in danger of obliteration by flooding." 


Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of William Dennis and M.A. MEADE, 77 Patton Street, South Broken Hill, New South Wales


The late Private J. H. Meade was born at Ballarat, Victoria. At the age of two years he was taken by his parents to Broken Hill, where he had resided until he enlisted with the 1st Expeditionary Force. He was a member of the 10th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, and took part in the landing at Gallipoli on April 25. He was in the firing line up to the time of his death. Prior to enlisting he was engaged as braceman in the South Mine, Broken Hill. Private Meade was 19 years of age." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 02 Oct 1915 (