The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private T Mercer


Tonbridge History

Private Thomas MERCER, S/726, 8th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  killed in action, Flanders France, death presumed on or since, 26th September 1915.

Born Tonbridge, Kent, son of Richard & Deborah Mercer, 142 Castle Street, Tonbridge, Kent.

1911 Census - 3 & 4 Castle Street, Tonbridge, Kent - Richard Mercer, head, age 68, widower, married 42 years, plasterer & owner of confectionery shop, worker, born Tonbridge, Kent; Clara Mercer, daughter, age 41, single, parlour maid domestic, born Tonbridge, Kent; Deborah Mercer, daughter, age 37, single, assisting in the confectionery business, born Tonbridge, Kent; Ethel Mercer, daughter, age 26, single, drapers assistant, worker, born Tonbridge, Kent; William Mercer, grandson, age 10, school, born Tonbridge, Kent; John Noel Pomale, boarder, age 33, Private Means, born Macclesfield, Chester.

1911 Census - 47 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent - Thomas Mercer, boarder, age 35, single, plasterer, house building, worker, born Tonbridge, Kent.

15th May 1915, Sevenoaks, Kent, married Anne Reading Wychman(n), spinster.

Formerly served 6 years with 4th Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

Enlisted Tonbridge, Kent, age 36 years 8 months, height 5ft 7½ inches, blue eyes, brown hair.  Resided 76 Bethel Road, Sevenoaks, Kent / 7 Kemp Cottages, Sandy Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent. Formerly plasterer.

Home, 12th September 1914 to 29th August 1915; BEF, 30th August 1915 to 26th September 1915.

12th September 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th September 1914, posted 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 30th August 1915, posted BEF; 26th September 1915, posted missing.

26th June 1916, pension of 12/6 a week awarded to wife.

Commemorated at Loos Memorial, Panel 95 to 97, France.

Commemorated on Tonbridge War Memorial - Tonbridge War Memorial - The original World War I memorial at the Junction of Pembury Road and Quarry Hill. The names were later re-inscribed in the new Memorial Garden in Bradford Street. 

From Tonbridge History - Thomas Mercer was in Tonbridge in 1877, the son of Richard and Deborah. In 1891 they were residing at 59 Woodlands, but later they moved to Castle Street. However in 1911 Thomas was a boarder in the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells and working as a plasterer. He joined the Royal West Kent Regiment as reserve S/726. On 30th August 1915, the 8th Battalion including Private Thomas Mercer landed at Bolougne to become part of the reinforcements for the Battle of Loos. He was killed in action on 26th September 1915 and is remembered on the Loos memorial.

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