Queen’s South Africa Medal with 4 clasps Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, 4256 Pte D. Meadon Gordon Highrs
Pte. David Meadon was KIA at Doornkop on May 29, 1900, an epic battle for the regiment during the South Africa campaign. At the time of his death he would have been a battle hardened veteran.
He was born on November 5, 1870 in Buttevant, Cork., the son of Edwin an army man from Newcastle and Jane (nee Kenedy) from Ayr. By the time of the 1881 census the family moved to Warwick and in October 1886 his father died. In the 1891 census he is found to be living with his mother and several siblings in Warwick. His trade at the time and that of his younger brother is stated as being a printer. The following year, he followed in his father's footsteps and enlisted with the Gordons on June 22, 1892.
He served with the first battalion in India and earned a three clasp India General Service medal.
He is buried with some of his fallen comrades at Roodepoort Cemetery in Johannesburg and his name is inscribed on a regimental memorial there. He shares a headstone with two of the men from his regiment. The pictures below come from one of the many volunteers associated with the SOTQ project.