Service number 176259
Born: December 8th 1920
Died: June 26th 1944
Edward Meyer was the eldest son of William. C.B. Meyer B.A., M.B. Ch.B. F.R.C.S. (Edin) and his wife, Alice Elizabeth Stirling, M.A.
His father’s grandparents left Erfurt, Germany and went to South Africa as Lutheran missionaries in the area around De Beer's Diamond mines in Kimberley. His father, William Charles Bernard Meyer, won a Rhodes Scholarship and went to the Edinburgh medical school, aged 16. He was a surgeon in Harley Street and married Alice Elizabeth Stirling in London in 1916.
Edward had two sisters and a brother, John Stirling Miller born in 1924. He died on February 17th 2011 in Houston, Texas. [An eminent physician in the field of neurology, he was world-known. It is from his obituary that information on the Meyer family has been obtained.]
It is likely, that Edward’s early education was at the Froebel Institute in Kensington. He won a King’s Scholarship to Westminster School in 1932. He was Captain of the school in his final year, and played cricket for the school in 1938 and 1939. He Matriculated in 1939 and was awarded the Westminster Scholarship to Christ Church.
His brother was a King’s Scholar, also. In 1940, his parents decided to evacuate him to the United States. He won an English Speaking Union Scholarship and left for Kent School in Kent, Conn., never to see his only brother or mother, again. She died in the autumn of 1941.
On March 12th 1941, Edward was gazetted a Lieutenant in the Black Watch. He was promoted temporary Captain on January 13th 1944.
Douvres- la-Delivrande was the site of an important German air-detection radar installation, part of the strategic Atlantic Wall defences. Completed in the autumn of 1943, the station was split into two zones by the road from Douvres to Beny-sur-Mer, and heavily fortified with bunkers, machine guns and minefields. In early June 1944, the 4th Armoured Brigade was instructed to liberate the area. During both the liberation of Douvres-la-Delivrande and the radar station, 1,123 military personnel were killed; 923 British, 11 Canadians, 3 Australians, 1 Polish, 180 German and 1 unidentified soldier. Edward was one of these, dying of wounds on June 26th.
He is buried in La Delivrande War Cemetery, Douvres Plot V. A. 6.
His father died in 1971.