H. G. Mead
Service no. 37888
Private, Royal Fusiliers, 37th Battalion, transferred to 63909, Labour Corps
Died on 4 November 1920 at about age 42
CWGC: “Husband of Ada Mead, of 40, Wilcox Rd., South Lambeth, London.”
Remembered at Lambeth Cemetery, Tooting, London SW17
British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920
In 1919, when the pension board assessed Harry George Mead, they found him 100 per cent disabled. His symptoms included shortness of breath, expectoration, anaemia and haemoptysis (coughing up blood). His general condition was poor. Mead had contracted pulmonary tuberculosis, and this was attributed to his war service. He had been posted for duty in July 1916 and had served 2 years and 217 days in France.
It was clear that Mead would be unable to return to work (he had been a painter). There was a note in the file to investigate the status of their adopted son, Robert, then 12. The pension board awarded him 27s 6d a week for six months, and 40s for 64 weeks thereafter, with 10s for his wife, Ada.
Information from the 1911 census
Harry George Mead, 33, and born in Lambeth, was a house painter. In 1911 he was married and living with his wife, Ada Mead, 34, who was from Brislington, Bristol, in 2 rooms at 12 Paradise Road, Stockwell. They had been married for 5 years and had no children.