DM2/169087 Private George Frank Merrett

Army Service Corps

George born in in Gastard in 1890 to George and Ellen (née Shepherd). In 1891 George senior was recorded as being a general labourer living with his wife and children Annie, Ellen and George.

In 1908, aged only 18, George married Eva Ellen Webb. By 1911, they had a daughter Nellie and were living as a family in Gastard. They had another three daughters – Winifred, Elsie and Lillian – before George enlisted in the Army Service Corps in Chippenham in 1916. His Attestation Papers record that he was living at 2 Bradford Road, Corsham and was a learner driver with a rubber company.

George served in both France and Belgium and saw action on the Battle of the Somme. He was discharged due to ill health in July 1918 and died in November of the same year. He was 28 years old.

His daughter Lillian died in 1921, aged only seven, and was buried in the same grave.

Corsham (St Batholomew) Church Burial Ground War Graves

This burial ground is the resting place for 22 servicemen who gave their lives on the First & Second World Wars. A number were men who had lived in the town or had family connections to the area. Others were serving in local units or were receiving treatment in Corsham’s military hospital when they died. Find out more about them using the QR code located at each individual grave. These commemorations will be maintained in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). 

CWGC Map Corsham

World War One

1. Pte Robert Brown ASC

2. Pte Hamilton T Kerr A&SH

3. Pte William HJ Robbins RDC

4. Pte William Evans RDC

5. Dvr Egbert Slade ASC

6. 3rd AM Harold Flower RFC

7. AB William F Hemmings RN

8. Pte Herbert A Rumming RASC 

9. Pte George F Merrett RASC 

10. Sgt William Farmer Innis Fus

11. Pte Sidney A Archer

World War Two

12. Spr Charles J Bond RE

13. Pte John Jones P Corps

14. Pte Harry Sivyer RAMC

15. Pte Thomas H Gill P Corps

16. Pte Wilfred NK Huskinson RAOC

17. Tpr William McCaldron RAC

18. Sgt John WM Bailey MM RA

19. Pte William G Elms P Corps

20. Pte William H Thompson Som LI

21. Gnr Eric Burford RA

22. Capt William H Jackson RE