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Mr Patrick Meredith

08 April 1927 - 21 February 2017

Patrick was born in Southsea on 8 April 1927, the son of a Welsh naval officer and Irish mother. After joining the Royal Navy in 1941, he served as a 17-year-old midshipman on motor torpedo boats in the Dover Straits, then joined the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth in Durban and took part in action against the Japanese off Burma and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

After the war, he worked in the City as a chartered company secretary. He received his law degree at the University of London from the Queen Mother.

It was in London that he met Royal Navy captain’s daughter Tricia Watson. They married in 1967 and lived mostly at Headley, near Newbury until 1987, when they fell in love with Lillycombe and moved to Clayhidon with a menagerie of horses, dogs, cats and chickens. For a while they ran a livery service.

Here Patrick could indulge his passion for history and he became an active member of the Clayhidon Local History Group and of the Art Group. He was an avid reader of the Daily Telegraph and a man of strong political opinions.

He died at Musgrove Hospital, leaving Tricia, their two grown-up children, Lucy and Mark, and six grandchildren.

~ Lucy Tosh