1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

William John Edward Merryweather

Contributed by: Alan Merryweather, on 2008-11-05

William John Edward Merryweather
First Name William John Edward
Surname Merryweather
Year of Birth 1894
Year of Death 1917
Regiment East Surrey Regiment
Place of Wartime Residence London, Other

William John Edward's Story

Will's diary with its bullet-ripped lower edge survives and records that he was promoted Lance Sgt 1 Oct 1917. Next day he went by train to Colchester to meet girlfriend 'Betty' at Frinton, Essex. The photo was taken 4 Oct. He went to the rail station to go back to his unit on 6 Oct, but returned home with Betty instead. 9 Oct, his diary records 'Caught train. Oh how terrible to leave. Under close arrest reduced to Private', and it was with that rank that he died 10 December near Flesquieres, Northern France.

Years of research were needed to discover who Betty was and she would never have been positively identified had Will not written against 8 December, 'My beloved's birthday'. She was Alice Jarvis nee Oxley, married to Sapper Albert Jarvis. The diary includes many names of fellow soldiers and some details about a few of them.

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