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Private J Mercer


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Private John MERCER, G/4855, 7th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death presumed on or after, 1st July 1916, age 20.

Born Borough Green Kent,  son of John and Annie Mercer, of 5, Station Road, Borough Green, Sevenoaks, Kent. 


1911 Census - Station Road, Borough Green, Sevenoaks, Kent - John Mercer, head, age 40, married, quarryman, Ragstone quarry, worker, born Ightham, Kent; Annie Mercer, wife, age 39, married 15 years, 9 children, 7 still alive, born Wrotham, Kent; John Mercer, son, age 15, single, garden boy, worker, born Wrotham, Kent; George Mercer, son, age 13, school, born Wrotham, Kent; Tom Mercer, son, age 8, school, born Wrotham, Kent; Lizzie Mercer, daughter, age 5, school, born Wrotham, Kent; Charles Mercer, son, age 2, born Wrotham, Kent.


Enlisted Tonbridge, Kent, age 18 years & 35/350 days, height 5ft 8¾ inches. Resided 5, Station Road, Borough Green, Sevenoaks, Kent. Formerly labourer.

Home 8th December 1914 to 21st April 1915; BEF 22nd April 1915 to 13th October 1915; Home 14th October 1915 to 7th March 1916; BEF 8th March 1916 to 1st July 1916.

8th December 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 15th December 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd April 1915, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd October 1915, wounded; 3rd October 1915, 15 Field Ambulance, gun shot wounds right arm, right leg, to 21 Casualty Clearing Station; 5th October 1915, 14 Ambulance Train; 6th October 1915, 12 General Hospital; 12th October 1915, to England; 14th October 1915, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 4th March 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 8th March 1916, posted BEF & 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 8th March 1916, embarked; 20th March 1916, joined 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, In the Field; 2nd April 1916, wounded in action, gun shot wounds, both arms; 4th April 1916, Le Treport, 3 General Hospital, gun shot wound, left wrist; 29th April 1916, Le Treport, transferred to 3 Convalescent Depot; 3rd May 1916, Etaples, 12 Infantry Base Depot; 11th June 1916, proceeded to join, 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 13th June 1916, joined 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, In the Field; 1st July 1916, wounded & posted missing.

24th July 1919, Statement of Relatives - Widow, none; Children, none; Father, John Mercer, age 49, 5, Station Road, Borough Green; Mother, Annie Mercer, age 48, 5, Station Road, Borough Green; Brothers - George Mercer, age 21, 5, Station Road, Borough Green; Thomas Mercer, age 15, 5, Station Road, Borough Green; Charlie Mercer, age 10, 5, Station Road, Borough Green; Stephen Mercer, age 8, 5, Station Road, Borough Green; Sisters - Annie Mercer Gordon?, age 24, The Cottage, Fairseat, Wrotham; Mary Mercer, age 24, 3 Six Bells Lane, High Street, Sevenoaks; Elizabeth Mercer, 5, Station Road, Borough Green.

Commemorated at  Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 11 C, Somme France  and at Internal Memorial The Church of the Good Shepherd, Borough Green, Kent.


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