The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private H H Merritt


Private Harry Herbert MERRITT, G/17850, 6th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 15th May 1917, age 40.

Born Droxford, Hampshire, son of Alfred and Anne Merritt, of Droxford, Hampshire.

1911 Census - 19 White Street, Brighton, Sussex - Katherine Warne, head, age 36, single, shirt maker, own account, at home, born Paddington Green; Rosezetter Warne, mother, age 69, widow, 2 children still living, dressmaker, own account, at home, born Hartest, Suffolk; Harry Merritt, boarder, age 34, single, baker, worker, born Droxford, Hampshire; Mary Ann Day, visitor, age 75, widow, plain needlework, own account, at home, born Leverdrew?, Cornwall.

12th January 1915, Brighton Register Office, married Katherine Sarah Warne, spinster, 16, Blaker Street, Brighton, Sussex.

Enlisted Brighton, Sussex. age 39 years & 2 months, height 5ft 3½ inches, weight 120½lbs.  Resided 16, Blaker Street, Brighton, Sussex. Formerly baker (bread).

Home 6th December 1915 to 2nd October 1916; BEF 3rd October 1916 to 12th May 1917.

6th December 1915, enlisted; 7th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 19th June 1916, mobilized; 21st June 1916, posted 27th Battalion (Reserve), Royal Fusiliers, Service No.3187; 1st September 1916, transferred & posted 103rd Training Reserve Battalion, Service No.TR/10/56660; 3rd October 1916, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment;  6th October 1916, embarked; 18th October 1916, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

2nd December 1917, date when Separation Allowance of 9/- a week & Allotment of Pay of 3/6 a week payable to wife, will cease.

3rd December 1917, pension of 13/9 a week awarded to widow.

10th June 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Katherine Sarah Merritt, 16, Blaker Street, Brighton; Father, deceased; Mother, Anne Merritt, Droxford, Hampshire; Brothers - Edward George Merritt; Sisters - Ada Bertha Merritt.

Commemorated at Arras Memorial, Bay 7, France.

NOTE: Soldiers Died in the Great War shows date of death as 15th May 1917; CWGC web site shows it as 12th May 1917.

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