James William (poss J D) Merryweather

Name

James William (poss J D) Merryweather

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

01/03/1917
23

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
11402
Irish Guards
2nd Bn.

Awards

1914 (Mons) Star, British War and Victory Medals

Cemetery/Memorial

SAILLY-SAILLISEL BRITISH CEMETERY
V. I. 6
France

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
Bengeo War Memorial Plaque, Holy Trinity Church

Pre War

Born in 1894, in Georges Road, Barnsbury, London, to parents George and Emily Matilda, in 1911 they were living at 39 Port Vale, Hertford, and his father was a blacksmith at a brewery, whilst James was a carman at a brewery. James also had a sister Florence who was married in St Andrews Church, Hertford in 1915.

Wartime Service

James enlisted in Hertford to 1st battalion Hertfordshire Regiment as Private 1642 and went to France on 6th November 1914. They were lightly involved in the 1st Battle of Ypres and in 1915 at Cuinchy in February, Festubert in May and The Ancre Heights in November. James is not listed on the CWGC database as he was discharged as “no longer physically fit for service” on 11th February 1916. Having come back to England he then went to London where he re- enlisted in the 2nd Battalion Irish Guards. As Private 11402. He seems to have dropped the s from his surname to become Merryweather and obviously did not inform them he had been previously declared unfit. He was killed in action on 1st March 1917.

Additional Information

His will was made out with the Irish Guards on 29th January 1917 where he asked for all his property to be returned to his mother at 39 Port Vale in the event of his death. This proves that the two soldiers were one and the same although he had to separat

Acknowledgments

Terry & Glenis Collins, Marilyn Taylor