WILLIAM RICHARD MERCHANT

William is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

 

Born: 19th March 1882, 14, Little Whip Street, Stoke, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd September 1914; age 32; H.M.S.’Aboukir.’

Occupation: Factory Worker.

Enlistment Location: Chatham, Kent; on the 19th March 1900 William signed up for 12 years (cancelled by purchased). Height: 5ft 4 ins, dark complexion, dark blue eyes & dark brown hair.

Service:

Northampton – Boy II Class – 3rd December 1899

Northampton – Boy I Class – 4th March 1900 – 17th April 1900

Calliope – Boy I Class – 18th April 1900

Calliope – Ordinary  Seaman – 3rd June 1900 – 13th July 1900

Repluse – Ordinary Seaman – 14th July 1900

Repulse – Able Seaman – 30th October 1901 – 15th January 1904

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 16th January 1904 – 7th June 1904

Wildfire – Able Seaman – 8th June 1904 – 8th February 1905

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 9th February 1905 – 14th April 1905 – shore purchase for Royal Fleet Reserve.

Character – Very Good.

 

Joined Royal Fleet Reserve Chatham B.2559 15th April 1905 (to serve to 18th March 1912).

Re-enrolled 8th April 1911 to serve to 18th March 1917.

 

Aboukir – Able Seaman – 2nd August 1914 – 22nd September 1914.

 

 

 

Rank: Able Seaman; Service number: 207436.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Aboukir.’ Royal Fleet Reserve Chatham Port B. (2nd period of enlistment)2559 15th April 1905.

 

Memorial Reference:

Panel 2.

Chatham Naval Memorial,

Kent.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Laura Merchant, of The Workhouse, Wareham, Dorset.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

 

William was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John Merchant, 36, a General Labourer – Drains, born Little Oakley, Essex.

Mary Ann Merchant (nee Brown), 33, born Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire.

Robert Merchant, 10, born Ipswich.

Harry Merchant, 4, born Ipswich.

Frances Charlotte Merchant, 1, born Ipswich – died 1892, Ipswich.

 

1901   Gibraltar

 

William was 19 years old, an Ordinary Seaman for the Royal Navy, on board H.M.S.’Repulse’ a First Class Battleship – Captain Spencer H.M. Login.

 

 

1911   Salvation Army Naval & Military Home, Brook, Chatham, Kent.

 

William was 29 years old, an Able Seaman, for the Royal Fleet Reserve. He was 1 of 94 boarders.

 

In 1911, Colchester, Essex, William married Laura Ethel Gilbert, born 1884, Kent. They had 1 son.

Leslie William Merchant, born November 1912, Wareham, Dorset.

H.M.S.’Aboukir.’

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