Carl was born in October 1897 in Maywater, Prince Edward Island, to Cecilia and John Meredith as their youngest child and inherited mother's own dark blue eyes. He was raised there along with his older siblings, Jerry, Faith and Una.
Carl's mother, Cecilia, died in 1902, when he was five years old. After her death he was devastated and so on his father. Four years later, in 1906, John became a minister in Glen St. Mary and the whole family moved there.
Life in Glen St. MaryEdit
World War IEdit
When the war first broke out, Carl was too young to enlist. Carl enlisted in the army on his eighteenth birthday, in 1915, and left in October of the same year.
In August of 1918, Carl was "slightly wounded"--according to him-- and sent to the hospital. A few days later the Meredith family found out that Carl had been wounded in his right eye and had lost his sight in it.
Carl had a habit of being interested in animals and other creatures. He knew the secrets of bugs and had a sort of freemasonry with bees and beetles. Una never liked to sit near him because she never knew what uncanny creature might be secreted about him. Jerry refused to sleep with him because Carl had once taken a young garter snake to bed with him; so Carl slept in his old cot, which was so short that he could never stretch out, and had strange bed-fellows.
- "Carl had the clear, bright, dark-blue eyes, fearless and direct, of his dead mother, and her brown hair with its glints of gold."
- —Rainbow Valley, Chapter 4
Thomas is a male given name of Aramaic origin and means twin. Carlyle is a male given name of Old English origin and means fort at Luguvalium.
- Carl is a male given name of Old German origin, version of Karl which means free man.