Mead, Robert John

Son of Frederick Mead of St. Albans, and younger brother of Lieutenant Jospeh Frederick Mead (G, 1905-1910) Royal Fusiliers, who was killed in September 1914 (see individual entry). He came to Culverlea from Mr. Thring’s school at Brighton, was Head of his House in his last year and won Kirby Foils in 1913 and 1914. He had intended to go up to Balliol College, Oxford in October 1914 but on the outbreak of war passed straight from the Winchester O.T.C. into the 8th Battalion Royal Fusiliers and left for France at the end of May 1915. He died at Armentieres on August 2nd 1915, the first officer casualty of the Battalion, of wounds sustained the day before while superintending a digging party. An unexploded bomb was hit by the pick of one of the working party. Mead was mortally injured and 13 other men wounded. He is buried in Grave IX.C.6 of the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery in Armentieres.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Mead
  • Forenames or initials: Robert John
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1909-1914
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Fusiliers
  • Date of Birth: 3rd January 1896
  • Date of Death: 2nd August 1915
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F2
  • Decoration: NA