Merricks, Bert William

Bert William MerricksMerricks

Bert William Merricks

Rank: Private

Regiment: 11th Battalion (Southdowns) Royal Sussex Regiment

Parents: Mr Joseph & Mrs Emily Merricks (nee Freelove)

Brothers: Joseph Merricks, Jack Merricks & George Henry Merricks

Address: 59 Percy Road, Ore

Other Info: According to CWGC, Bert died on 21st October 1916. He is remembered at Grandcourt Road Cemetery, grave reference A.52. Additional name information from the Lives of the First World War website.

Born Portsea, Hampshire. Joseph having being discharged from the Navy invalided in 1883 with the rank of Petty officer 1st Class
1901, 4 Breeds Cottages, Ore – These were besides the Kings head Inn and a dairy farm, Rye Road
1911,80 Church Street, Ore
1914, Sep Joined 11th Battalion (1st South Downs) Royal Sussex Regiment. Service number SD/1075
1915, Jul: The battalion moved to Maidstone Depot
1915, Sep: The battalion moved to Aldershot
1915, Oct: The battalion moved to Whitley
1916, Mar: Landed in Le Harve, France, entered field service
1916, Jun 30: Took part in Battle of Boars Head in which his brother, George, was killed
1916, Sep 3: Received gunshot wound to right thigh. Initially treated at no 11 Casualty Clearing Station, Gezaincourt, Somme then transferred to 4 Ambulance Train
1916, Oct 21: Killed in action. Battle of the Ancre Heights, during an attack on Stuff trench by 11th and 13th Battalions, Royal Sussex Regiment
1921, Commemorated on the memorial at Christ Church, Ore

Additional information with thanks to Ian Mantel

Published: March 1916

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