Donald Mather Mees was born on 14th July 1900, the only child of Arthur and Mary from Mells, Somerset. Arthur was a grocer and wine merchant, who, by the time of the 1911 census, had set the family up in Warminster.
Given his young age, there is little documented about Donald’s early life; most of the information available comes from the newspaper reports of his passing:
The military funeral which passed through Frome on Wednesday afternoon was a very sad one. It was that of Private Donald Mather Mees, only son of Mr AH Mees, grocer… formerly of Mells…
The deceased was a somewhat delicate lad, and had only joined up a few weeks – less, we believe, that a month – when he was taken ill and succumbed to pneumonia at King George V Hospital at Dublin on 15th inst.
His parents had been notified of his illness and were preparing to visit him when their journey was interrupted by the news of his death.Somerset Standard: Friday 23rd August 1918
Private Donald Mather Mees, of the Wiltshire Regiment, had died on 15th August 1918, at the age of 18. He was laid to rest in the graveyard of St Andrew’s Church in the village of his birth, Mells.
Donald’s grave is not marked by a headstone: the image shows that of the Mees family grave in the same churchyard.