McMEEKING, David Thomas McLaggan
(Service number 10875)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 31 January 1896 Place of Birth Alexandra, Otago

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Morven P.O., Canterbury
Occupation Baker
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin R. McMEEKING (father), Whare Flat, Dunedin
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 1st New Zealand Cyclist Company
Date 6 May 1916
Transport Mokoia or Navua
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Cyclists Corps

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards Military Medal

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 30 August 1976 Age 80 years
Place of Death dunedin Public Hospital
Memorial or Cemetery Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin
Memorial Reference Block SC 6, Plot 2
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

David Thomas McLaggan McMeeking was the son of Robert Steven Mc Meeking (or McMeiken) and his first wife, Mary née Downie. His mother died in 1900 at Alexandra. David was educated at Forbury School, Dunedin, and Silverstream (Whare Flat) School, Otago. South Canterbury’s quota of the 12th Reinforcements, which included D. T. McKeeking, Morven, left Timaru for Trentham by the second express north on 12 January 1916. The troops were farewelled in the Drill Shed at 3 pm, the public being admitted but not allowed to mix with the men. After his Worship the Mayor, the Rev. Dean Tubman, and Mr J. Craigie, M.P., addressed the troops, they processed to the station, headed by the 2nd (South Canterbury) Regimental Band, and acknowledged by a guard of honour formed by the cadets. Private D. T. McMeeking was awarded the Military Medal on 1 November 1918. While fighting with the Machine-gun Section he was surrounded by Germans, who called on him to surrender, but he refused, and continued firing his gun until there was no further danger of capture. [New Zealand Times, 22 April 1919] His older brother Gilbert, was awarded the Croix de Guerre. He married Mary McMillan in 1924.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [24 September 2019]; Andersons Bay Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Dunedin City Council) [25 September 2019]; Timaru Herald, 11 January 1916, Stratford Evening Post, 22 January 1919, New Zealand Times, 22 April 1919 (Papers Past) [09 August 2014; 26 September 2019]

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