A First War Pair to the 7th South African Infantry
A First War Pair to the 7th South African Infantry - British War Medal (L/CPL J. MEEK. 7TH S.A.I.); and South African Victory Medal (L/CPL J.MEEK. 7TH S.A.I). Naming is officially impressed. Very crisp detail, polished, extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Pay Records, Medical Records and Discharge Certificate. Footnote: John Meek was born in 1878 in Glasgow, Scotland. He signed his Attestation Paper on April 30, 1917 with the South African Expeditionary Force (15331) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, stating his age as 38, that he had 12 years previous military service with the Highland Light Infantry in Scotland, but none in South Africa, that he was married to Martha, with a 13 year old child and that his trade was that of Machinist. Three months later, in July 1917, he was diagnosed with malaria, a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by protists(a type of microorganism). It begins with a bite from an infected female mosquito, which introduces the protists via its saliva into the circulatory system, and ultimately to the liver where they mature and reproduce. The disease causes symptoms that typically include fever and headache, which in severe cases can progress to coma or death. His Medical Report of an Invaild, dated May 14, 1918, stated that he endured six attacks of fever and the alike, before being invalided to Union, landing in Durban on July 19, 1917. He was in No. 3 General Hospital for over a month in Durban before being transferred to No. 4 General Hospital on August 28th, spending two and a half months there. He was again transferred, this time to No. 1 Convalescent Camp on November 12th. It was recommended that he be discharged, as permanently unfit for tropical service and temporarily for non-tropical, requiring one month additional recuperative leave. He was discharged after 237 days service, on December 22, 1917 at Roberts Heights, with his final destination stated as Port Elizabeth. Lance Corporal Meek stated to the board in May 1918, that he had had several attacks of malaria since his return home to Port Elizabeth and that he was in Provincial Hospital for ten days in April 1918. His most recent attack of malaria was recorded on May 12th, two days before the report was filed.