Gunner Mead was employed in the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) Cocoa works in Luton. This factory was opened in 1902, increasing co-operative cocoa production from 3,300 lbs a year to 24,700 lbs a year. The Royal Garrison Artillery was formed in 1899, to encompass coastal defence, mountain, siege and heavy batteries, and it consisted of 91 companies. Little seems to be known of how Gunner Mead died. His memorial at Vlamertinghe Cemetery states his age when he died as 23.
Co-operative News, 2 June 1917, page 541.
WWI co-operative voices
This post is part of ‘WWI co-operative voices’ which shares the stories of co-operative workers and members during the conflict. In order to mark the centenary of the WWI, the Rochdale Pioneers Museum is staging an exhibition entitled ‘From shop floor to front line’ and the accounts of these soldiers, shop workers and conscientious objectors will run alongside it. They are tales of death, duty and of those who chose not to fight.
Through ‘WWI co-operative voices’ we will be releasing new posts about these individuals throughout the duration of the exhibition (due to open mid-May 2015 and run until May 2016). Read about the co-operative movement’s involvement in a war that shook the world by selecting a name from the column on the left. You can also follow us on social media for regular updates.
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We wish to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting the ‘From shop floor to front line’ exhibition and project.