Hugh Meaney and Martha Rogan’s second eldest son John Meaney was born on 3rd October 1886 in Dree Dromara.
After serving six years in The Enniskillen Dragoons and just over a year in Remington’s Scouts in South Africa during the BOER War John immigrated to Canada sometime between 1912 and 24th March 1915. At the outbreak of WW1 he joined the Canadian overseas expeditionary force in Vancouver. It is thought he originally went to British Columbia in order to work some land under a scheme where he would become the owner once the land became profitable. At the time of his enlistment John is described as being 5ft 8 ins tall with dark complexion black hair and blue eyes. A bullet scar on his left hip shows that he spent time in action during his previous military service.
116023 Private John Meaney went to France with 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles (British Columbia Regt.) where he died on 16th Sept 1916. The War Diary for 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles shows that the Battalion relieved 1st CMRB on the night 15/16th September 1916 with instructions “to establish a strong point at MOUQUAT FARM and consolidate the position by entrenching before the Battalion handed over”. The battalion successful moved the Germans out of Mouquet Farm and the vicinity inflicting heavy casualties and completing a system of trenches around the farm repulsing all German attempts to retake the area. John is more than likely one of the 14 other ranks killed during this action. Other casualties were one officer killed and two wounded; and 68 other ranks wounded. John is recorded in the book of remembrance and on the Canadian war memorial at Vimy Ridge.
THE VALOUR OF THEIR COUNTRYMEN IN THE GREAT WAR AND IN MEMORY OF THEIR SIXTY
THOUSAND DEAD THIS MONUMENT IS RAISED BY THE PEOPLE OF CANADA