Sidney Arthur Meakin was a pupil at Oakham school from 1909 until 1914 when the war began. Within five months he was dead, killed in action near Armentieres on 17 December 1914, aged just 20. Sidney was the son of Lewis and Sarah Meakin from Welford, Ashby-de-la-Zouche. He was a Lieutenant with the 4th/1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own). Arthur is buried in grave A.3 of Chapelle d’Armentières Old Military Cemetery and remembered in Oakham School Chapel.
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