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He was born about 1892 (birth registered Jan/Feb/Mar), the son of William and Eliza Anne Mercer, who had a large family. In 1871 they were living at 38 Red Lion Street, Nottingham, and had two children; Edwin William (2) and Edith Mary (5 months). Edwin died age 4 in 1872 (registered Oct/Nov/Dec). Ten years later in 1881 William and Eliza were living at 17 Union Place on Glasshouse Street, Nottingham; they had four children: Edith Mary, Frederick (8), Robert William (3) and Harry (1). Harry died age 9 in 1889 (registered Oct/Nov/Dec). By 1891 the family was at 11 Union Place; their children were named as: Edith, Frederick, Robert and Sophia Emily (5). Claude was born the following year in 1892; his mother, Eliza Ann, died five years later in 1897 age 47. In 1901 William (52) was living at 19 Flewitt Street, Nottingham, with his married daughter, Edith Mary Bradshaw (40), her husband, John Henry, and their only child, Annie (9). Also living in the house were William's two youngest children, Sophia (16) and, according to the census, Daniel H. (9). There is no record of a further child being born after Claude, or of a twin, since Claude would also have been 9 years old in 1901, so it is assumed that as Claud cannot be traced elsewhere that night that a mistake was made on the census and this son was Claude Horace. By 1911 only William and Claude (named correctly on this census) were still living with Edith and her family, which had moved to 33 Wright Street, Nottingham. Sophia, meanwhile, had married George Lewis Moore in 1901 and by 1911 was living at 7 St Albans Street, Nottingham, with her husband and their two children, George and Dora (another child had died in infancy). The notice of Claude's death in the local paper in 1916 gives his address as Young Street, Blue Bell Hill, St Ann's.
He had attended High Pavement School and was connected with High Pavement Unitarian Chapel. In 1911 he was a butcher's assistant.
18 Aug 1916
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Lance Corporal
8th Bn Seaforth Highlanders (Ross–shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's)
Lance Corporal Claude Mercer, enlisted in Nottingham and served in France from 12 October 1915 and was killed in action on 18 August the following year. He is buried in Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle (grave ref lll.Q.18). He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Post notice (abridged) 20 September 1916: ‘L/Cpl C Mercer, Seaforth Highlanders, 15 Young Street, Blue Bell Hill, killed in action August 17th.’ Soldiers' Effects record: His sister, Mrs Edith Bradshaw, was his sole legatee.
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