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Name Francis Richard Merrick
Date/Place of Birth 11 Sep 1881 / 25 Merton Road, Kensington, London
Parents' Names Richard Merrick; Caroline Hannah (nee Marsh)
Father's Occupation/Location 5 Queen's Palace, Kensington
Father's Death/Incapacity Inflammation of the brain
Admitted to AO 21 Aug 1891 (Aged 9)
Admission No 4741
Left OWS&AO 16/22 Jun 1896 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence Sorter; 30 Stanlake Rd, Shepherd's Bush, London
Enlistment Location London
Service/Rank/Number Army; Sgt; L/36482
Battalion/Regiment "D" Battery; 169th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Killed/Death 17 Sept 1916 (Aged 35)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt
Memorial Reference II.A.63
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
Francis Richard was born to Richard and Caroline Merrick on 11 September 1881 at Kensington in London. Francis was less than 2 years old when his father died in 1883. He was admitted to The Orphan Working School in 1891, aged 9, and left in June 1896 at the normal leaving age of fourteen. Francis married Florence Sarah in 1909 and by the time of the 1911 Census had two children, Alan Francis and Richard Frederick. At the time of the Census he was working as a Sorter and living in Shepherds Bush, London. It is likely that Francis enlisted in the Army at some time after the outbreak of War in 1914. Sgt Merrick served in the Royal Field Artillery and died of wounds received in battle on 17 September 1916, when he was thirty five. He is buried at the Dartmoor Cemetery in the village of Becordel-Becourt, near Albert in France. The Cemetery contains 768 Commonwealth graves. At the time of Sgt Merrick’s death his widow was living at 30 Stanlake Road, Shepherds Bush, London.
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