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06 Jan 1877
St Catherines, Ontario
He was the son of Lieutenant Colonel W Ingersoll Merritt and Mrs Merritt of 6 Sumner Place Kensington and the twin sister of Mrs Barber of Lamb Close Eastwood. He was married to the eldest daughter of Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper Bart KCMG the late High Commissioner of Canada and left two sons and a daughter.
According to the Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser (30/4/1915) 'he was a great traveller and explorer on the discovery of the Klondyke on which he spent two years.'
23 Apr 1915
1594592 - CWGC Website
16th (Manitoba ) Bn Canadian Infantry
He enlisted on 23rd September 1914 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and he came to England with the first contingent of the Canadian force on the outbreak of war having previously on the staff of Sam Hughes (Canadian Minister of Militia during 1912. On April 22, 1915, he was wounded in the leg during the Second Battle of Ypres. The next morning he was killed while encouraging his men during a counter-attack against the German forces. He was memorialized in the Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial in Belgium.
It is interesting that the Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser devoted more space to the death of a man who was not local but related to Eastwood's coal owners than to many colliers from the town who were killed in action.
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