Born: 1884, Hulme, Lancashire.

Died: 4th January 1915; age: 31; Died of Wounds – shrapnel wound in the head, on the Goodrich Ward, at the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital.

Residence: Manchester, Lancashire.

Enlistment Location: Manchester, Lancashire.

Religion: Roman Catholic.


Rank: Driver; Service Number: 27848.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 34th Brigade.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,





1891   40, William Street, Hulme, Lancashire.

William was 7 years old and living with his parents, siblings & stepbrother.

Thomas Mercer, 40, a Fish Hawker, born Ireland.

Letitia Mercer (nee Edwards (1st marriage Kennedy)), 41, born Dublin, Ireland.

George Robert Kennedy, 17, an Office Messenger, born Salford, Lancashire.

Thomas Mercer, 13, born Manchester, Lancashire.

Letitia Mercer, 9, born Salford.

Joseph Mercer, 3, born Hulme.


1901   35, Owen Street, Hulme, Lancashire.


William was 17 years old, a Driver – Coal Cart. He was living with his mother, siblings and cousins at the home of his stepbrother.

George Kennedy, 27, an Omnibus Driver.

Letitia, 51.

Thomas, 23, a Ball Buffer – India Rubber.

Letitia, 19, an Inflator of Balls – India Rubber.

Joseph, 13.

Christopher Mercer, 9, born Hulme.

Christopher Boland, 6, born Hulme.

Theresa Boland, 4, born Hulme.


1911   93, George Street, Hulme, Lancashire.


William was 27 years old, a Carter – Coal Merchant. He was married and Head of the Household.

Elizabeth, 24.

Thomas, 3.

Christopher, 2 months.


William’s mother, Letitia Mercer died 1907, Hulme, Lancashire.


On the 29th July 1906, at St. Mark’s Church, Hulme, Lancashire, William married Elizabeth Johnson, born 1886, Hulme. William was 22 years old, and a Carter. Elizabeth was 20 years old, and an India Rubber worker.

Elizabeth and William had four sons.

Thomas Mercer, born 1907, Hulme.

Christopher Mercer, born 1911, Hulme.

Dennis Mercer, born May 1913, Hulme. Baptised: 19th November 1913, at St. James Church, Collyhurst, Lancashire. Address: 16, Taura Street. William’s occupation: a Coal Heaver.

William Mercer, born 1915, Hulme.


Soldiers’ Effects to Elizabeth Mercer – widow.



1915 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury Newspaper

The first death of a wounded soldier back from the front to take place at the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital has just occurred, the deceased being Driver Wm. Mercer, R.F.A. He was 31 years old of age, a Reservist, and his home was at Manchester. He was admitted on December 13th suffering from a shrapnel wound in the head, and from the first it was feared fatal results would ensue. The funeral took place on Tuesday morning, and he was accorded full military honours. The 5th Battery R.F.A. provided a firing party, a gun carriage with six horses, buglers, and a following party, the latter numbering about 40, under Lieut. Thorne. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack, and on the top rested the deceased’s cap. Being a Roman Catholic the coffin was taken to St. Pancras Church, where Low Mass was celebrated, the officiating priests being Father Duane and Father McCaul.

The mourners included the widow. The Salvation Army Band under Mr. Knights, had kindly volunteered their services, and played the “Dead March.” At the graveside, three volleys were fired, and the “Last Post” sounded by the buglers.

Wreaths were sent by the Hospital, the men of the Goodrich Ward, where the deceased was a patient, and the officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the R.F.A. at Ipswich.




Royal Field Artillery, 34th Brigade.

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