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  • The son of Thomas and Elizabeth Meikle, according to his attestation papers Ivie Meikle was born on 31 October 1887 in Catrine, Ayrshire, Scotland. A village on the River Ayr, Catrine was constructed around one of the first cotton mills (1787) in Scotland that was enlarged in 1823 by adding a bleaching works. Thomas was a house painter by trade and Meikle children included James (b abt 1869), Robert (b abt 1871, Thomas (b abt 1875), Ivie, and Margaret (b abt 1889). By the 1901 Scotland census, Ivie was working as a cotton bleacher.

    Ivie Meikle was found on the passenger list of the Parisian that arrived in Canada on 18 April 1912, destination given as Winnipeg, occupation as packer. Although his obituary found in the Kenora Miner and News stated that he enlisted in Winnipeg, Ivie signed his attestation papers in Valcartier, Quebec on 23 September 1914, giving his father Thomas back in Catrine as next of kin. With blue eyes and brown hair, his occupation was listed as receiver. Organized in Valcartier Camp that September, the 16th Battalion was composed of recruits from Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, and Hamilton. As Lieutenant with the 16th Battalion, Ivie embarked from Quebec on the 30th of September aboard the Andania.

    The 16th Battalion arrived in France in February of 1915 and Ivie was granted his first leave of seven days in late October. Suffering a gunshot wound to his left arm on 30 December 1915, he was admitted to the No 23 General Hospital in Etaples. Recovery was to be slow and difficult. In late January of the following year he was invalided to England, admitted to the Bevan Military Hospital in Sandgate. In March he was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bath for a few days before being admitted to the Granville Canadian Specialty Hospital, Ramsgate. After a stint at the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre at Bexhill on the Sea, he was posted to the 14th Reserve Battalion in late April of 1917.

    On 16 August 1917, Ivie was struck off strength of the 14th Reserve Battalion on proceeding overseas to the 16th Battalion. In December he was granted a fourteen day Christmas leave. In August of 1918 Ivie suffered his second wound, this time a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He was admitted to the Red Cross Hospital in Rouen and invalided back to England just days later. Recovery this time was quicker, and by the beginning of November Ivie was back in France. For his part during the maneuvers when he was wounded on 2 October 1918, Lieutenant Ivie Meikle was awarded the Military Cross.

    With the Armistice and the end of the war, Ivie returned to England in late March of 1919, and sailed for Canada on April 26th.

    Once back in Canada Ivie worked with the Toronto Trust Company in Winnipeg and then with Donner’s Furniture Store.

    At the time of his death on 31 July 1940 in Kenora, Ivie was working as assistant to the Indian Agent and as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in connection with his duties in the Indian Department. He was a member of the Canadian Legion, B.E.S.L., a Mason belonging to a Scottish Lodge, and a member of the Presbyterian Church. Ivie Meikle is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora. His gravemarker was replaced in 2015. It is unlikely that any members of his birth family immigrated to Canada.

    by Judy Stockham

    Canada Military Honours and Awards Citation card: Library and Archives Canada
    obituary: Kenora Miner and News 2 August 1940

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  • Regimental Number:
  • NA
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 16th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Catrine, Ayrshire
  • Country:
  • Scotland
  • Next of Kin:
  • Thomas Meikle, Brawfoot, Catrine, Ayrshire, Scotland.
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Date of Birth:
  • October 31, 1887
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Receiver
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Valcartier, Quebec
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • September 13, 1914
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 26
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • July 31, 1940
  • Age at Death:
  • 52
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 37E-33-4
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • The son of Thomas and Elizabeth Meikle, according to his attestation papers Ivie Meikle was born on 31 October 1887 in Catrine, Ayrshire, Scotland. A village on the River Ayr, Catrine was constructed around one of the first cotton mills (1787) in Scotland that was enlarged in 1823 by adding a bleaching works. Thomas was a house painter by trade and Meikle children included James (b abt 1869), Robert (b abt 1871, Thomas (b abt 1875), Ivie, and Margaret (b abt 1889). By the 1901 Scotland census, Ivie was working as a cotton bleacher.

    Ivie Meikle was found on the passenger list of the Parisian that arrived in Canada on 18 April 1912, destination given as Winnipeg, occupation as packer. Although his obituary found in the Kenora Miner and News stated that he enlisted in Winnipeg, Ivie signed his attestation papers in Valcartier, Quebec on 23 September 1914, giving his father Thomas back in Catrine as next of kin. With blue eyes and brown hair, his occupation was listed as receiver. Organized in Valcartier Camp that September, the 16th Battalion was composed of recruits from Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, and Hamilton. As Lieutenant with the 16th Battalion, Ivie embarked from Quebec on the 30th of September aboard the Andania.

    The 16th Battalion arrived in France in February of 1915 and Ivie was granted his first leave of seven days in late October. Suffering a gunshot wound to his left arm on 30 December 1915, he was admitted to the No 23 General Hospital in Etaples. Recovery was to be slow and difficult. In late January of the following year he was invalided to England, admitted to the Bevan Military Hospital in Sandgate. In March he was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bath for a few days before being admitted to the Granville Canadian Specialty Hospital, Ramsgate. After a stint at the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre at Bexhill on the Sea, he was posted to the 14th Reserve Battalion in late April of 1917.

    On 16 August 1917, Ivie was struck off strength of the 14th Reserve Battalion on proceeding overseas to the 16th Battalion. In December he was granted a fourteen day Christmas leave. In August of 1918 Ivie suffered his second wound, this time a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He was admitted to the Red Cross Hospital in Rouen and invalided back to England just days later. Recovery this time was quicker, and by the beginning of November Ivie was back in France. For his part during the maneuvers when he was wounded on 2 October 1918, Lieutenant Ivie Meikle was awarded the Military Cross.

    With the Armistice and the end of the war, Ivie returned to England in late March of 1919, and sailed for Canada on April 26th.

    Once back in Canada Ivie worked with the Toronto Trust Company in Winnipeg and then with Donner’s Furniture Store.

    At the time of his death on 31 July 1940 in Kenora, Ivie was working as assistant to the Indian Agent and as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in connection with his duties in the Indian Department. He was a member of the Canadian Legion, B.E.S.L., a Mason belonging to a Scottish Lodge, and a member of the Presbyterian Church. Ivie Meikle is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora. His gravemarker was replaced in 2015. It is unlikely that any members of his birth family immigrated to Canada.

    by Judy Stockham

    Canada Military Honours and Awards Citation card: Library and Archives Canada
    obituary: Kenora Miner and News 2 August 1940

    Meikle-Ivie-1 Meikle-Ivie-2 Meikle-Ivie-3 Meikle-Ivie-4

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  • Meikle, Ivie Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • NA
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Battalion:
  • 16th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Catrine, Ayrshire
  • Next of Kin:
  • Thomas Meikle, Brawfoot, Catrine, Ayrshire, Scotland.
  • Date of Birth:
  • October 31, 1887
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Scotland
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Receiver
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Valcartier, Quebec
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • September 13, 1914
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 26
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • July 31, 1940
  • Age at Death:
  • 52
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 37E-33-4
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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