Coleshill Remembers World War 1
As a free service to the World War 1 commemoration year, ST-IT Limited have created and are hosting a free database of Coleshill connected veterans.
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Entry for Private William Meagher
1/5th (Territorial) Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
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Commemorated on the plaque at the Roman Catholic Church. William Edward Meagher was born in Guernsey in 1888, and was the son of William and Julia Meagher. By 1901 he was living at the St Paul’s Home in Coleshill, working as a half time Tailor and student. He enlisted in the 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment at Birmingham (service numbers 3012 and 200766) and first served in France on the 25th June 1915. Private Meagher was killed in action in France & Flanders on 18th August 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France. He was awarded the 1915 Star, British and Victory medals.
St Vincent’s Journal No. 26, Spring 1917 War Records With feelings of the deepest sorrow, we chronicle the deaths of the following of our old boys:- William Meagher died of his wounds while being borne to the dressing station at the base. “Billy” was a prime favourite in the Home, among the young and old, and was one of the first boys to enter St Vincent’s, Moseley Road.