After serving with the King's Shropshire Light Infantry, Maurice Edmund Mealing transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 16 May 1916. He joined 15 Squadron as an observer on 7 August 1916. In May 1917, he was sent to pilot training and joined 56 Squadron on 18 October 1917. Before he was killed in action, Mealing scored 14 victories as an S.E.5a pilot.
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. (T./Capt.) Maurice Edmund Mealing, Shrops. L.I. and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial fighting. He destroyed three enemy machines and drove three down out of control. He also drove down an enemy balloon in flames. He always showed a splendid spirit of courage, keenness and determination.