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    John Mercer b. 1874 St. Helens

    Many thanks John, appreciate your input. More information has been found and hopefully we'll be able to put the jigsaw together.. eventually! Wayne
  2. Hi all, Can anyone "throw some light" on this person or family from the St. Helens area? He moved about quite a bit as he served in the Royal Garrison Artillery in Ceylon (as it was then), and India, before leaving and re-enlisting at the age of 40yrs, when the First World War broke out. This is what makes the story a bit more interesting: John Mercer b. 1874, St. Helens married 1906 in Weymouth, Dorset Elizabeth Or Eliza Rodder (different spellings as Rodda and Rodler shown in records) from St. Helier, Channel Islands. The records show they had 10 children, most of them born abroad, and one of whom had an unusual military first name: Marne George Mercer John rose through the ranks and served as a Battery and Regimental Sergeant Major on the Somme in 1916, and was awarded the DCM for digging out five of his soldiers who had been buried alive by a shell-burst whilst under heavy enemy fire. John died of cancer in Tottenham, North London in 1948 and for some unknown reason is buried in a pauper's grave in the area's cemetery. Most of his children settled in and around London. John was my Great Grandfather and I've only come across this information in the last few weeks. I'd like to find out how and why he never went "home" to St. Helens. I am aware of another John Mercer born in St. Helens in the same year so I'm trying to avoid any 'cross-over' of information. If anyone knows anything I'd be grateful .. and if any photos exist it would be amazing. I will check this forum for any responses but can also be contacted on wayne_mercer@hotmail.com Many thanks, Wayne
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