Research on WW1 Memorial Names

Research on the names on the Merriott World War One Memorial

Courtesy of Sue Smith.  Thanks again Sue.  All are listed as Commonwealth War Dead.  Most information comes from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site at: .  Some men were not able to be tracked down on this site – usually because there were too many of the same surname and initial, or there seemed no obvious connection with Merriott.   If anyone has detail to add on these men, please email  Thank you.

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Name Rank, Regiment/Service and Unit Age Date of Death Details Grave/Memorial Ref Additional Information
Henry George BUTCHER Boy 2nd Class, Royal Navy.  HMS “Powerful”. 18 27/9/1918 Died: at home.  Merriott (All Saints) Churchyard, Somerset, United Kingdom. Son of Henry & Sarah Ann Butcher, of Shiremoor Hill, Merriott.
Service No:  J/92488.  1901 census of Shiremoor Hill, Merriott –
see below.
Archibald DOBBIE            
Herbert William DOBBIE Second Lieutenant, Royal Berkshire Regiment. 3rd Bn. attd. 1st Bn 19 14/11/1916 Killed in Action Thiepval Memorial
Somme, France.
Pier and Face 11 D
Son of Colonel (Brevet) Herbert H Dobbie and Margaret Dobbie (nee
Forlong Gordon).
Albert ELSWOOD Private, Somerset Light Infantry.  “A” Coy, 6th Bn


32 16/9/1916 Killed in Action.  Thiepval Memorial
Somme, France.
Pier and Face 2A
Born Merriott. Enlisted Crewkerne. Residence Merriott. Service No 7035.
Son of Frank and Emma Elswood of Tinker’s Lodge, West Crewkerne; husband of Elizabeth Emma Chant (formerly Elswood) of Quarry Farm, West Chinnock,
Somerset.  1901 Census – Tinker’s Lodge, Crewkerne (see below).
Thomas ELSWOOD Gunner, Royal Field Artillery.  29th Div. Ammunition Col.   7/10/1918 Killed in Action France/Flanders.
Dadizeele New British Cemetery,
Moorslede, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  ll. D. 15.
Born Crewkerne. Enlisted Tredegar, Monmouthshire. Service No 117487.
1901 census – Tinker’s Lodge, as per Albert Elswood entry above.
Arthur John FRENCH Private, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry 25 16/4/1915 Died at home. Merriott (All Saints) Churchyard. Buried 22 April, 1915. Enlisted Oxford; Residence Crewkerne, Somerset. Service No 3144.
1901 census of Billing’s Mill, Merriott – see below.
Harold Henry S GREENHAM
*Note:  Details corrected 16th Nov 2007.
Private, Welsh Regiment, 2nd Bn   4/10/1918 Awarded: MM.
Killed in action France/Flanders.
Bellicourt British Cemetery,
Aisne, France.
Sp. Mem. A. 3.
Born Merriott. Enlisted Mountain Ash. Residence: Miskin, Glamorgan.
Service Number 34566.
1901 census: Broadway, Merriott.   NOTE:  details corrected
16th November 2007.
See below.
William Kenneth  HAILE Private, Royal Fusiliers, 20th Bn 18 18/5/1916 Killed in Action: France/Flanders Cambrin Churchyard Extension, M. 45.
Pas de Calais, France
Born Madagascar. Enlisted: Howe.  Residence: Merriott, Somerset.
Service No PS/8641.  Son of John H and Annie E Haile, of The Manse,
Briston, Norfolk
(Arthur Stanley HAINES)
Private, 11th Bn Middlesex Regiment 26 20/3/1916 Killed in France Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France Born Crewkerne, Enlisted Shepherd’s Bush. Parents William & Martha
Haines; wife Lilian Rose Haines of 11 High St, Homerton, London. (married
June qtr 1915, Hackney registration district).  1901 census of West
Crewkerne:  Lived Tail Mills with father William (Groom/Gardener) and
his second wife Beatrice.
Frederick HOOPER Private, Somerset Light Infantry, 7th Bn 30 1/7/1916 Died of Wounds. France/Flanders. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
Pas de Calais, France.
VIII. B. 117.
Born, Enlisted & Residence: Crewkerne, Somerset.  Son of Mr and Mrs
John Hooper, of Pye Corner, West Crewkerne.  1901 census – Pye Corner,
Crewkerne. See below.
Frederick George LACEY Lance Corporal, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 2nd/6th Bn.
Formerly 4646 Somerset Light Infantry. 
19 6/9/1917 Killed in action: France/Flanders.  New Irish Farm Cemetery.
Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
XXII. D. 9
Born Merriott. Enlisted Crewkerne. Residence Merriott. Service No 260261.  Son of Henry & Emma Lacey, of Broadway, Merriott, Somerset.
1901 census of Merriott – see below.
William LACEY Private, Somerset Light Infantry, 7th Bn 20 9/9/1916 Died of Wounds, France.  St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen.
Seine-Maritime, France.
B.  25. 13
Born Crewkerne, Enlisted Taunton.  Son of Henry & Annie Lacey.
Service No 14821.
See below.
Walter LARCOMBE Private, Somerset Light Infantry, 1st Bn 31 1/11/1914 Died of Wounds. France/ Flanders.  Bailleul Communal Cemetery
Nord, France.
C. 14.
Born Bower Hinton, Somerset. Enlisted Cardiff. Residence Merriott. Service No 6355.  Son of Alford and Jane Larcombe of Merriott, Somerset.
1891 census of Martock – see below.
Albert Edward LAWRENCE Private, Devonshire Regiment, 2nd/4th Bn   5/1/1917 Where died – not known. Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery.
Iraq. XXI. M. 16
Born Merriott.  Enlisted Exeter. Residence Merriott.  Service
No 2718.
Fred LAWRENCE Private, Somerset Light Infantry, 11th Bn 22 15/11/1918 Died in France.  Lille Southern Cemetery.
Nord, France.
I. A. 1.
Born Merriott. Enlisted Taunton. Residence Crewkerne.  Service No 41322.  Son of Robert Lawrence, of Higher St, Merriott.  1901 census of Boozer Pit, Merriott – see below.
Henry (Harry) LAWRENCE Private, Somerset Light Infantry, 6th Bn 22 22/1/1918 Died of wounds at home. Merriott (All Saints) Churchyard. Buried 26 Jan 1918, aged 22. Born Merriott. Enlisted Taunton. Service No. 17222.  ? Son of Samuel Lawrence and Rose Pattemore.  Possible Census entry – see below.
Thomas LAWRENCE Driver, Royal Field Artillery, 65th Bty, 8th Bde.   13/9/1914 Killed in action: France.  Vailly British Cemetery.
Aisne, France.
II. G. 17.
Born Merriott. Enlisted Crewkerne. Service 42183. 1901 Census – Broadway, Merriott.  See below.
John William (Jack) LETHEBE Private, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 2nd Bn.
Formerly 10007, 3rd Dorset Regiment.
19 20/5/1915 Killed in Action: Flanders. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.   Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 20. Born: Weston Super Mare, Somerset. Enlisted: Bournemouth.
Residence: Merriott.   Service No 19883.  Son of Mary Ellen
Carter, of Police Station, Street, Somerset
Reginald MARTIN
Information from Glyn Davies of Merriott, added April 2008.]

3367, 19th Bn., London Regiment

17 01/06/1915   Lillers Communal Cemetery Son of the late William Henry Martin and of Flora Martin, of
“Springhead” 10 Cotham Gardens, Redland, Bristol.  Born Merriott, Crewkerne, Somerset.  Remembered with Honour
Percy Stanley MITCHELL Corporal, Royal Irish Regiment, 2nd Bn.
Formerly 18162, Hussars.
24 5/7/1916 Killed in action: Flanders. Thiepval Memorial
Somme, France.
Pier and Face 3A
Born Merriott.  Enlisted Taunton.  Residence: Merriott.
Service No 8502. Son of Samuel & Susan Mitchell, of Lower St, Merriott,
Somerset.  1901 census: Church St, Merriott.  See below.
Edgar OSBORNE Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery, 6th Siege Bty   29/10/1915 Killed in action: Flanders. Ypres Reservoir Cemetery
Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
IV. E. 12.
Born: Merriott.  Enlisted: Crewkerne.  Service No 28237.
1901 Census:  Church St, Merriott.
See below.
Henry OSBORNE Sapper, Royal Engineers, 2nd Railway Coy. Royal Monmouthshire 32 11/9/1916 Killed in action: France – Somme. Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension.
Somme, France.
J. 39.
Born: Yeovil.  Enlisted: Monmouth.  Service No: 7966.
Son of Samuel Osborne, of Crewkerne, Somerset.  Not sure which Samuel Osborne.
William OSBORNE Lance Corporal, Somerset Light Infantry, 7th Bn 25 16/9/1916   Thiepval Memorial
Somme, France.
Pier and Face 2A
Service No. 12805.  Son of Mrs W E Osborne, of Knapp, Merriott.
1901 census of Merriott – see below.
Henry William PARKER Private, Wiltshire Regiment, 6th Bn 19 10/4/1918 Killed in action: Flanders. Tyne Cot Memorial
Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Panel 119 to 120
Born Merriott.  Enlisted Yeovil.  Residence Merriott. Service
No 36918. Son of Henry W and Amelia Parker, of Broadway, Merriott, Somerset.
1901 Census of Merriott – see below.
Percy PATTEMORE Corporal, Somerset Light Infantry, 8th Bn   5/4/1918 Killed in action: France Arras Memorial
Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4
Born Merriott.  Enlisted Taunton. Residence Merriott. Service No 17067.  Not sure which Percy Pattemore this is – one is son of Henry & Sarah Pattemore born about 1899, and the other is son of Joseph & Harriet Pattemore, born about 1893, both families of Merriott.
William PATTEMORE Corporal, Somerset Light Infantry, 1st Bn   19/12/1914   Ploegsteert Wood Military Cemetery.
Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.
II. B. 1.
Service No 3/5583.
George RENDALL Private, Gloucestershire Regiment, 1st/5th Bn 31 9/3/1917 Killed in action: France – Somme.  Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Hem-Monacu.
Somme, France.
I. L. 5
Born Merriott.  Service No 242526. Son of Charles & Emma Rendall,
of Broadway, Merriott.  1901 census of Merriott – see below.
Archibald SWEET Private, Somerset Light Infantry, Ist Bn 24 15/5/1915 Died of wounds: Belgium/ Heuvelland, West Vlaanderen Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery.
Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
V. E. 14
Born Merriott. Enlisted Crewkerne. Residence Merriott.  Service No
15323. Son of Robert & Elizabeth Sweet of Shiremoor Hill, Merriott. 1901
census – see below.
Henry George SWEET Private, Somerset Light Infantry, 1st Bn   24/8/1916 Killed in action: Flanders.  Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,
Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.
Born Merriott. Enlisted Crewkerne. Residence Merriott.  Service No
21589.  1901 Census of Merriott – see below.
Arthur STUCKEY Private, Somerset Light Infantry, 7th Bn 27 30/11/1917 Killed in action: France.  Cambrai Memorial, Louverval,
Nord, France.
Panel 4 and 5
Born Merriott.  Enlisted Crewkerne. Residence Merriott.
Service No 17070. Son of Mrs Annie Stuckey of 2, Bridge St, Dunsford,
1901 census of West Chinnock – see below.
Richard Jesse TRASK Private, Machine Gun Corps, 49th Bn.
Formerly 203444, Welsh Regiment.
30 5/5/1918 Died of wounds: France. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.
Pas de Calais, France.
IX. B. 52
Born Merriott.  Enlisted Pontypridd, Wales.  Service No
130350. Husband of Kate Marion Trask of 46, Queen St, Treforest, Glamorgan.
Native of Somerset. 1901 census of Merriott – see below.
Roger Wentworth WATSON Lieutenant, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. “C” Coy. 8th Bn 21 20/7/1915 Killed in action: Flanders. Sanctuary Wood Cemetery.
Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
II. D. 4
Son of Edith Deverell Watson, of Upland Cottage,
Kingsley Green, Haslemere, Surrey, and the late John William Watson.
Educated at Winchester. (Senior commoner prefect) and King’s College,
Cambridge.  1901 Census of Merriott: See below.
Henry (? Albert or Bertie) WETHERALL Private, Hampshire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Formerly 18764, Dorsetshire Regiment
  28/3/1918 Killed in action: France.  Point-Du-Jour Military Cemetery, Athies.
Pas de Calais, France. I. J. 19
Born Merriott.  Enlisted Wareham, Dorset.  Service No 27403.
Son of Mrs Elizabeth Wetherall of Merriott; husband of the late Susan Ann
Wetherall (formerly Lawrence).  1891 census of Merriott –
see below.  Bertie Wetherall married Susan Ann
Lawrence in Merriott on 26 Dec 1904; Susan Ann died and was buried in
Merriott on 19th Feb 1917.

Census data matching the above men:

Year Place Details
1901 Shiremoor Hill, Merriott, Somerset Henry BUTCHER 24 Nursery Labourer, born Merriott
Sarah Ann 25 Shirt Maker born Merriott
Henry George 5 months born Merriott.
1901 Tinker’s Lodge, West Crewkerne, Somerset Frank ELSWOOD 39 Painter born Merriott
Emma 37 born Merriott
William 18 Web Weaver born Merriott
Albert 16 Sail Cloth Weaver born Merriott
Beatrice 15 Shirt Ironer born Merriott
May 14 Shirt Factory Hand born Merriott
Herbert 9 born Merriott
Frank 8 born Merriott
Alfred 6 born Merriott
Thomas 5 born Merriott
Harold 3 born Merriott
Harry 2 born Merriott
1901 Billing’s Mill, Merriott John G FRENCH Head M 43 Miller of Flour Mills born Devon, Plymouth
Annie Wife M 39 born Australia
Ella Dau S 15 School Teacher born Merriott
Edward Son S 13 Merriott
Arthur Son S 11 Merriott
1901 Broadway, Merriott Samuel  GREENHAM Head M 29 General Labourer born Merriott
Kate Wife M 27 Shirt Ironer born Merriott
Harry Son 4 Born Merriott
Elsey Dau 3 Born Merriott
Albert Son 2  Born Merriott
1901 Pye Corner, West Crewkerne, Somerset John HOOPER 42 Market Gardener born Crewkerne
Sarah 44 born Chillington
Sydney 19 Market Gardener born Crewkerne
Annie 17 born Crewkerne
Fred 15 Born Crewkerne
Emma 13 born Crewkerne
Beatrice 11 born Crewkerne
Charles 9 born Crewkerne
1901 Broadway, Merriott, Somerset Emma LACEY Wife 27 born Merriott
Frank 8 born Merriott
Willie 5 born Merriott
Fredy 2 born Merriott
1901 Broadway, Merriott, Somerset Thomas OSBORNE Head M 53 General Dealer Own account Merriott
Jane OSBORNE Wife M 35 Crewkerne
Sarah PAULL Dau S 14 Crewkerne
William LACEY Nephew S 4 years Crewkerne.
[NOTE: Jane Osborne nee Paull’s first spouse (1) was unknown (daughter –
Sarah Paull) and (2) was married to Thomas Osborne.  William Henry Levi Lacey was the son of Jane’s sister Anne Paull, who was married to Henry Lacey (1865 – 1897).  I have been unable to find Anne Lacey (nee Paull) in the 1901 or the 1911 censuses, and it appears her son went to live with his aunt and uncle in Merriott.]
1891 Hurst, Martock, Somerset Alfred LARCOMBE Widower 45 Farmer’s Carter born Bower Hinton
Annie (Sister) 34 born Bower Hinton
Edwin 14 born Bower Hinton
Walter 8 born Bower Hinton
1901 Boozer Pit, Merriott Somerset Robert LAWRENCE 53 Nursery Gardener born Merriott
Selina 56 born Merriott
Bessie 14 Servant born Merriott
Robert James 12 born Merriott
Walter John 10 born Wales, Glamorgan
William Charles 9 born Wales, Glamorgan
Fred 4 born Merriott
1901 Boozer Pit, Merriott, Somerset Samuel  LAWRENCE Head M 38 General Labourer Merriott
Rose Wife M 35 Mill Hand Canvas Sail Cloth  Merriott
Nellie Dau 13 Mill Hand Canvas Sail Cloth Merriott
Susan Dau 11 Merriott
Fred Son 8 Ferndale, Glamorgan, Wales
Harry Son 4 Merriott
Edith Dau 2 Merriott
1901 Broadway, Merriott, Somerset Samuel LAWRENCE 50 Agricultural Labourer born Merriott
Elizabeth 50 born Merriott
Susann 23 Laundress born Merriott
Rose 19 Laundress born Merriott
Henry 16 Ordinary Agricultural Lab, born Merriott
Mark 14 Machinist Sail, born Merriott
Thomas 12 born Merriott
Reuben 7 born Merriott
1901 Church St, Merriott, Somerset Samuel MITCHELL 49 Labourer in farm, born Merriott
Susan 53 born Merriott
Luke 17 Factory hand Sail Cloth, born Merriott
Rose 14 Factory hand Sail Cloth, born Merriott
Percy Stanley 8 born Merriott
1901 Church St, Merriott, Somerset Samuel OSBORNE 55 Market Gardener born Crewkerne
Elizabeth 48 born Merriott
Louise 20 born Merriott
Samuel 18 born Merriott
Mary 17 Shirt Ironer born Merriott
Thirza 13 born Merriott
Luke 12 born Merriott
Edgar 10 born Merriott
Nellie 7 born Merriott
Rose 6 born Merriott
1901 Lower St, Merriott, Somerset William OSBORNE Head M 41 Blacksmith born Merriott
Elizabeth Wife M 41 born Merriott
Harry Son 15 Quiller Canvas Sail Cloth born Merriott
William E Son 10 born Merriott
Fred Son  7 born Merriott
Walter Son  2 Born Merriott
Emma Dau 1m born Merriott
1901 Lower St, Merriott, Somerset William PARKER Head M 28 Carter at works  Crewkerne
Amelia Wife M 30 Crewkerne
Henry W Son 2 Merriott
John Son 9 m Merriott
1901 Broadway, Merriott, Somerset Charles RENDALL Head M 43 Fish Hawker Own Account Merriott
Emma Wife M 40 Misterton
Lilly Dau S 20 Canvas Spooler Sail Cloth  Crewkerne
Charles Son S 18 Sail Cloth Weaver  Crewkerne
Emma Dau S 17 Spooler Sail Cloth Merriott ? Feeble Minded
George Son S 15 Machine Minder Canvas Sail Cloth Merriott
Annie Dau S 13 Laundress Factory Merriott
1901 Shiremoor Hill, Merriott, Somerset Robert SWEET Head M 47 Sail Cloth Canvas
Weaver  Merriott
Elizabeth Wife M 44 Lopen
Mary Susan Dau S 20 Yarn Canvas Spooler  Lopen
Alfred Son S 16 Sail Cloth …. Lopen
Samuel Son S 15 Heckler Boy
Frederick Son S 12 Lopen
Archibald Son 10 Lopen
Beatrice Annie Dau 7 Merriott
Walter Son 3 Merriott
1901 Townsend, Merriott, Somerset James SWEET Head M 33 Horse Carter on Farm
Ann Wife M 32 Quilter Canvas Sail Cloth  Merriott
Henry Son S 5 Merriott
1901 West Chinnock, Somerset Albert STUCKEY 41 Coachman Domestic, born Lambrook
Arthur 13 born Merriott
Alice 11 born West Chinnock
Gladys 5 born West Chinnock
Elizabeth Slade 68 Mother in law, widow, born East Coker.
1901 Shiremoor Hill, Merriott, Somerset Charles TRASK Head W 49 Sail Cloth Canvas Weaver
Hardington, Somerset
William Son S 19 Sail Cloth Weaver  Merriott
Richard Son S 14 Oil Boy in Factory  Merriott
Sydney Son 9 Merriott
Bessie Dau S 22 Merriott
Polly Dau S 21 Merriott
1901 Marks Barn House, Merriott, Somerset John WATSON 53 Wine Merchant born Hornsey Lane, Highgate, Middlesex, England
Edith Deverill Watson 32 born Surbiton, Surrey
Joyce Honor 10 born Chelsea
Ruth Millicent 8 born Kensington
Roger Wentworth 7 born Kensington
Agnes 5 born Haslemere, Surrey
1891 Beadon Lane, Merriott, Somerset Elizabeth WETHERELL Head Widow 31 Charwoman born Merriott Albert Son 8 Scholar Merriott
John Son 6 Scholar Merriott