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Roy Frederick Alexander Meldrum

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Roy Frederick Alexander Meldrum (1891-1949)

1951 Obituary [1]

"Lt.-Col. ROY FREDERICK ALEXANDER MELDRUM, R.A.S.C., ret., was born in 1891 and on leaving Rugby School in 1909 entered the Bank of England as a clerk.

At the outbreak of war in 1914 he joined the Royal Engineers as a despatch rider. Subsequently he was transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps and served consecutively as officer in charge of the caterpillar section and workshops, stores officer, and second in command of the 63rd (R.N.) divisional Motor Transport Co. In 1920 he was attached to the transport directorate at headquarters in France and later was posted to Aldershot where he took courses of instruction in motor transport. On receiving the grant of a regular commission in 1923 he attended a works course with Vauxhall Motors, Ltd., Luton, after which he was chiefly employed at Woolwich and the War Office. He was promoted major in 1936 and advanced to the rank of lieutenant-colonel three years later.

Colonel Meldrum, who was a specialist in motor transport, was from that time until his retirement in 1944 engaged on staff duties in the Ministry of Supply. He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1925, His death occurred in London on 22nd April 1949 at the age of fifty-seven."

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