Rank:


Private

Service No(s):


S4/237410

Regiment:


Army Service Corps

Unit:

Returned:

Yes

Place of birth:

Islington

Occupation:

Shorthand typist for oil works

Date of death:

Cause of death:

Grave or panel reference:

Name of father:

Mark Meadowcroft

Name of siblings:

Albert; Violet Eleanor

Name(s) of children:

Alice C; Aubrey Mark

Died:

No

Date of birth:

17/01/1894

Place of enlistment:

Event:

Age at death:

Cemetery or memorial:

Other memorial:

Name of mother:

Alice Clementina Meadowcroft (nee Prosser)

Name of spouse:

Rosina May (nee Mortimer); Amy Gladys (nee Green)

Address:

36 Ambler Road, Finsbury Park

Biography:

Mark Frederick Meadowcroft was born on 17 January 1894 in Islington. His father was Mark Meadowcroft, an engineer originally from Chigwell Row in Essex, who maintained steam-driven machinery; and his mother was Alice Clementina Meadowcroft (nee Prosser) from Newington, South London. Mark was baptised in Christ Church, Gipsy Hill in April that year, though his parents’ address at the time is given as Baxter Road, Islington. When four years old, he was admitted to Woodland Road School, when the family was living in Woodland Hill, near the Crystal Palace. Mark had a brother Albert, two years younger, who also served in WWI (see below) but whose name does not appear on the St Mellitus plaque. By 1901 the family had moved to Norfolk Road (now Mitchison Road), Canonbury. Mark’s sister Violet, 13 years younger than him, was baptised in St Paul’s Canonbury.

In 1911 Mark, aged 17, was working as a shorthand typist for an oil works and his younger brother was an office boy for a general electrical engineers (perhaps where their father worked). Two years later their mother died. Violet would only have been seven years old. The following year, shortly after the outbreak of war, Mark married Rosina Mortimer at St Thomas, Finsbury Park. They were both resident at 36 Ambler Road at the time. In early 1915 a daughter Alice was born.

In June that year Mark enlisted as a Private in the Army Service Corps. He served overseas and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. After only four years of marriage, his wife died towards the end of 1918, leaving a three-year-old daughter. In March the following year, Mark was discharged from the army under paragraph XVIa of King’s Regulations, indicating that he was ‘surplus to military requirements having suffered impairment since entry’. The record states this was due to sickness. He was awarded the Silver Badge and appears to have received a pension of 6s 10d for six months.

Mark’s brother Albert, a warehouseman before the war, enlisted in 19th Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in early 1916, aged 19 years. He later served in 13th Mounted Regiment of the Army Service Corps and 5th and 7th Battalions of the Rifle Brigade. He twice served in France with the British Expeditionary Force, including duty in France after the Armistice until September 1919. He was not demobilised until March 1920.

For a short while following discharge, Mark lived with Rosina’s mother Annie in Durham Road, not far from New Court Chapel or Moray Road, where his father was living, but in 1920 he was remarried, to Amy Gladys Green. They had a son Aubrey two years later, who became a tax officer. By 1939 they had moved to the Wimbledon area where Mark was a senior sales clerk for an oil and grease manufacturer. He died in the North Kent Hospital, Gravesend, on 6 July 1964, aged 70, having been resident in the village of Hartley 7 miles to the southwest. His widow survived him by almost a quarter of a century, dying in 1989 at the age of 90.