Born: 11th June 1916, Mill Farm, Hintlesham, Suffolk.

Baptised: 13th August 1916, Hintlesham, Suffolk.

Died: 3rd January 1942; age: 25; of Cardio Respiratory Failure & Pulmonary Tuberculosis at the Military Hospital, Davyhulme, Urmston, Lancashire. Violet was present at her husband’s death.

Residence: 8, Wilberforce Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Carter – Transport.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5831097.

Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion – Infantry.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Father: John Gant, born 1856, Semer, Suffolk – died May 1930, Hintlesham, Suffolk. A Shepherd.

Mother: Alice Eliza Gant (nee Taylor), born 1880, Ashdown, Essex.


On the 8th October 1938, at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich, Mervyn married Violet Mabel Cracknell, born November 1919, Ipswich. He gave his address as 29, Wiberforce Street, Ipswich, and occupation as General Worker.



Mervyn was a Carrier’s Van Man – Horse Driver. He and Violet were living at their home – 36, Dillwyn Street, Ipswich.


Mervyn’s step brothers died in the First World War.

Thomas John Gant, a Private, 19217, of the East Yorkshire Regiment, 6th Battalion. KiA 26th September 1916, aged 19. Remembered at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

John Samuel Gant M.M., of Canowindra, N.S.W., Australia. a Private, 5574, of the Australian Infantry, 17th Battalion. Died of Pneumonia 19th November 1918, aged 31. Laid to rest at St. Marie Cemetery, Le Harve, France.

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