The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lance Corporal A R Mercer


Lance Corporal Alfred Robert MERCER, G/7747, 8th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death presumed on or after, 21st March 1918,  age 24.

October 1894, born Gravesend, Kent, son of Albert and Eliza Ann Mercer, of 22, Bath Street, Gravesend, Kent.

1911 Census - 22, Bath Street, Gravesend, Kent - Albert Mercer, head, age 44, married, carmans contractor, Off Licence Holder, working on own account, born Ebony, Kent; Eliza Ann Mercer, wife, age 48, married 19 years, 4 children, all still alive, managing business, worker, home, born Sheerness, Kent; Eliza May Mercer, daughter, age 18, single, born Gravesend, Kent; Alfred Robert Mercer, son, age 16, single, assistant carman, worker, born Gravesend, Kent; Helena Alice Mercer, daughter, age 12, school, born Gravesend, Kent; Franklin Mercer, son, age 9, school, born Gravesend, Kent.

Enlisted  Maidstone, Kent, age 20 , height 5ft 8 inches.  Resided Gravesend, Kent.

Home 23rd November 1914 to 30th November 1916; BEF 1st December 1916 to 21st March 1918.

23rd November 1914, enlisted & posted West Kent (Queens Own)Yeomanry, Service No.1543; 1st December 1916, embarked / disembarked; 13th December 1917, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 21st March 1918, posted missing. Unofficially accepted as having fallen & been buried between Caulincourt & Pontru.

14th August 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Albert Mercer, 22, Bath Street, Gravesend, Kent; Mother, Eliza A Mercer, 22, Bath Street, Gravesend, Kent; Brothers - Franklin Mercer, age 18, 22, Bath Street, Gravesend, Kent; Sisters - Elsie May Criggall, age 27, 8 Aschurch ????, Shepherds Bush; Helena Alice Mercer, age 20, 22, Bath Street, Gravesend, Kent.

Commemorated at Pozieres Memorial, Panel 58 and 59, France & Gravesend War Memorial.

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