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- Hubert Richard William Meager -

H R W Meager Name : Hubert Richard William Meager

Son of the late Frederick Bernard Meager and Manuella Ellen Mary Meager (née Harrison) of Newport, Isle of Wight.

Born 1883 Newport, Isle of Wight.

Attended Newport Grammar School.
  Census information :

1891 : Frederick Bernard and Manuella Ellen Mary Meager, with a number of their children including Hubert aged 7, are at 110 High Street, Newport. Frederick Meager is a Military Tailor.

1901 : Frederick Bernard and Manuella Ellen Mary Meager, with a number of their children, are at 12 Lugley Street, Newport. Frederick Meager is a Military Tailor.

1911 : Frederick Bernard and Manuella Ellen Mary Meager are at 8 St Thomas Square, Newport. Frederick Meager is a Tailor. It is presumed that Hubert Meager is in Australia.

  Service Details :

Lieut. Hubert Richard William Meager, 3rd Bn Australian Infantry.

Mentioned in Despatches. Previously served in the Rifle Brigade.
  Casualty Details :

Died : 6 August 1915 aged 32.

Commemorated at : Lone Pine (Australian) Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

CWGC record ...
Australian War Memorial record ...
Australian Imperial Forces Project record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle
Newport Borough War Memorial
Newport C.E. National School War Memorial
Newport Grammar School Book of Remembrance
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Friday, June 18, 1915 Page 5

Colour-Sergeant Hubert Meager, son of Mrs. F.B. Meager, of Newport, and nephew of the late Mr. J.C. Meager, of Ventnor, serving with the Australian Forces at Gallipoli peninsular, has been promoted to a Second-Lieutenancy for service on the field.


Saturday, 24 July 1915

Lieut. Hubert R.W. Meager, (eldest son of Mrs F.B. Meager of Newport), who is serving in the Australian Expeditionary Force, writes that he has been mentioned in despatches amongst those who performed acts of conspicuous gallantry or valuable service from 25th April to 5th May. He says : "I am amongst the 20 of the 3rd Battalion. I will leave you to judge my delight and pride."


Friday, August 27, 1915 Page 3

A Hero's Last letter.

Second Lieutenant Hubert R.W. Meager, of the 3rd Battalion Australian Infantry, who has been killed in the recent severe fighting at Gallipoli, was the eldest son of the late Mr. F.B. Meager (formerly a well-known Isle of Wight Volunteer), and Mrs. Meager, of Newport, I.W., and nephew of the late Mr. J.C. Meager, of Ventnor. He was 32 years of age, was educated at Newport Grammar School, and served in the Rifle Brigade before emigrating to Australia, where he established himself in business. Joining the Australian Contingent, he distinguished himself in the landing at Gallipoli, and for his gallantry and smartness in leading his men after the officers had been shot down he was promoted on the field of battle from sergeant to commission rank.
That he had a presentment of death was shown by the following pathetic ending to a letter received by his mother just before the official intimation of his death reached her:
During the next few days we shall be facing death every minute. If I am taken off do as the Roman matrons of old - keep your tears for privacy, steel your heart, and try and get a dozen recruits to fill my place. Pray hard for me, and if God wills it I shall see it through. I have seen the priest, and will go into action with a clean heart, and if I emerge, I hope I shall have proved myself as a man and a leader, and thereby have justified the confidence of my commanders.
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research
  Photographs :

H R W Meager

Informal portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Hubert Richard William Meager, 3rd Battalion, standing in a front line trench and holding a periscopic rifle. Lt Meager was killed in action at Lone Pine on 8 August 1915.

Acknowledgments to Australian War Memorial ref C01780
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