OLDMEADOW, John Henry Rivers
8210, Lieutenant, Gunner, 6th Field Artillery, AIF./ 2nd Lieutenant, Aust. Flying Corps.
b. 07.10.1897 Melton Mowbray, Tas.
Enlisted: 03.09.1915 Claremont, Tasmania.
d. 09.07.1951 Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Next of Kin: Henry Edward Rivers Oldmeadow and Florence Alexandra Brent – Parents.
John Oldmeadow was a farmer, living in Woodbury, Tasmania and two months off 19 years when he enlisted in the army. His mother, Florence Oldmeadow, signed her consent for him to join the forces as he was under the age of 21. He had previously served 9 months in Senior Cadets. Oldmeadow was a striking man, 6 feet I inch in height with grey eyes and black hair.
His unit embarked on board the HMAT A34 Persic from Melbourne, Victoria on 22nd November 1915 and they disembarked 21st of December 1915 at Suez. Here he stayed for three months, probably receiving health checks and training before being sent on the Alexandria to Marseilles. He worked as a transport driver until 22nd April 1917 when he fell ill with an infected foot and was admitted to hospital in England via the field ambulance. He was returned to Rouelle, France 25th July 1917, but was sick once again in September of that year and returned to hospital.
On 2nd August 1918 Oldmeadow’s career seemed to take a different direction. He was promoted and sent to join No.2, S.R.A. in Oxford for training as a Flying Officer (Pilot) and was appointed Cadet. On the 28th September 1918 he was posted to Armament School Uxbridge. On 23rd February 1919 he graduated as 2nd Lieutenant, Flying Officer in the Australian Flying Corps.
Oldmeadow was discharged from service on the 16th November 1919, and awarded the 1914-25 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
After the war John Henry Rivers Oldmeadow made his home on the Sunshine Coast. He married Eda Adele Harris in 1936.
Source: National Archives of Australia; Australian War Memorial; Chestnut Blue’s Genealogy pages.
From the Genealogy Sunshine Coast publication
“AND THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER…”
REMEMBERING MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE OLD MAROOCHY SHIRE CEMETERIES – BOOK 1, WOOMBYE
John is not included in the Adopt a Digger database as he falls outside our criteria of living in the district before 1925. He is included in this gallery as he has lived in the district later in his life and is commemorated on the Sunshine Coast. Importantly, as a WW1 digger he still deserves to be recognised and commemorated by our project.