Medland, Wilfred Harold (No. 9259)

Medland, Wilfred Harold (Harold)

Company Sergeant Major

No. 9259, 9th Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers)

Killed in action on Thursday, 16 August 1917

Buried:

Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium (Grave IV. H. 16)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

Wilfred Harold Medland was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs James Medland who lived in Chertsey in Surrey and, after he joined the Army, he was stationed for a time in Newtownards.

On 28 June 1916 Harold Medland and Margaret Dawson were married in First Newtownards Presbyterian Church.  Wilfred Harold Medland’s father, James, worked as a coach painter.  Margaret was the eldest daughter of Joseph Dawson, a joiner, and grand-daughter of the late Samuel Dawson of Castle Street, Newtownards.  The Rev Dr William Wright conducted the wedding ceremony and three days later the Rev Wright’s son, Second Lieutenant Matthew John Wright, was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

During the Great War, Company Sergeant Major Wilfred Harold Medland served with the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was killed in action at Langemarck on 16 August 1917.  At that time his wife Margaret was living in Castle Street, Newtownards and she placed a For King and Country notice in the 8 September 1917 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle.

Company Sergeant Major Harold Medland (No. 9259) was buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium and he is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.