Lieutenant Alfonzo Giovanni Battista Meo was an English officer of the British Army who died during the First World War.
He was born in 1890, at Hampstead, the son of Italian-born pre-Raphaelite painter and mosaicist Gaetano Guiseppe Faustino and Agnes Meo (née Morton), of Ireland. His father had been an artists' model when younger and had arrived in England, via a stay in Paris, in the 1860s, becoming a British citizen in 1886. At the time of the 1911 census, Meo was working as a commercial clerk while living with his family at 39 Downshire Hill.
Meo died on 10 June 1916, when he and a rifleman were killed during a German minenwefer bombardment of Hebuterne, Artois. He had been serving with the 12th (County of London) Battalion (The Rangers), The London Regiment. Meo had been commissioned from the ranks and had first arrived on the Western Front in September 1915.
He is buried in Hebuterne Military Cemetery.
- ↑ Jiminez, Jill Berk (2013), Dictionary of Artists' Models, p. 368.
- ↑ Wheeler-Holohan, Captain A. V., and Captain G. M. G. Wyatt (1921), The Rangers' Historical Records From 1859 to the Conclusion of the Great War, p. 43.
- ↑ Army Medal Office. WWI Medal Index Cards.
- Meo, Giovanni Battista, cwgc.org. Retrieved 27 December 2012.