Andrew Mercer in uniform

Andrew MercerAge: 34 years18811915

Name
Andrew Mercer
Birth July 24, 1881 20 20
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MarriageEdith Elizabeth Frances BingeView this family

Birth of a sisterJanet Barclay Mercer
July 15, 1883 (Age 23 months)
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Birth of a brotherGeorge Kilgour Barclay Brown Mercer
November 19, 1885 (Age 4 years)
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Death of a paternal grandmotherAgnes Dunsyre
October 10, 1887 (Age 6 years)
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Birth of a brotherHenry (Harry) Kilgour Mercer
January 5, 1888 (Age 6 years)
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Census April 5, 1891 (Age 9 years)
Address: 17a Castle Street, Cupar
Birth of a sisterAgnes Dunsire Mercer
April 9, 1892 (Age 10 years)
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Note: Carnock village:
Death of a maternal grandfatherGeorge Kilgour
March 31, 1900 (Age 18 years)
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Birth of a sisterChristina Douglas Mercer
April 27, 1903 (Age 21 years)
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Birth of a daughter
#1
Janet Edith Mercer
1908 (Age 26 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2
Emily May Mercer
June 22, 1910 (Age 28 years)
Occupation
Second Lieutenant, 1st Bn Black Watch, Awarded DCM

Death October 22, 1915 (Age 34 years) Age: 34
Address: le Touquet
Cause of death: Died of wounds
Note: Wounded in action at Hohenzollern Redoubt, Battle of Loos 13/Oct/1915
Note: Commonwealth War Graves Commission website - http://www.cwgc.org
Burial
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery (Grave/Memorial Ref: I.A.12)
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: January 3, 1881Bleachfield, Leven, Fife, Scotland
7 months
himself
2 years
younger sister
2 years
younger brother
2 years
younger brother
4 years
younger sister
11 years
younger sister
Christina Douglas Mercer
Birth: April 27, 1903 41 4121 Downieville Cres., Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Death: November 3, 1960Narrogin, Western Australia, Australia
Family with Edith Elizabeth Frances Binge - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: Sanawar, India
daughter
3 years
daughter

Birth
Parish / District Name Number Entry / Frame Scoonie / Fife 456 73 Surname Mercer Sex M / F M Given names Andrew Date and time 24 July 1881 Place Scoonieknowe, Leven Residence (if different from above) Father’s names George Mercer Occupation Coalminer if deceased Mother’s names Janet Barclay Mercer Mother maiden name Kilgour Occupation if deceased Place parents married Scoonie Date 3 Jan 1881 Informant’s name George Mercer relationship to child Father Residence of informant (if different from above) Registration place Date Registrar’s name RCE / other information
Census1891 Scottish Census - George Brown Mercer - Household

Book 005, page ?, sched 51 440 Cupar

NameRelationMCAgeSexOccupationEmREmDEmNBirthplaceInfirm
George Brown MercerHeadM29MPolice ConstablexFife, Auchterderran
Janet KilgourwifeM29FFife, Scoonie
Andrew MercersonS9MScholarFife, Scoonie
Janet Barclay MercerdaughterS7FScholarFife, Scoonie
George Kilgour Barclay Brown MercersonS5MScholarFife, Wemyss
Henry MercersonS3MFife, Scoonie

Notes: Nbr rooms with 1 or more windows: 4

Death
Wounded in action at Hohenzollern Redoubt, Battle of Loos 13/Oct/1915
Death
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website - http://www.cwgc.org Casualty nbr 56500
Note
Com'wealth War Graves Comm http://www.cwgc.org caualty nbr 56500
Note
The "Chronicles of Fife" have no record of a DCM for 2nd Lieutenant A. Mercer, 1st Battalion. However there is a DCM listed for Sergeant A. Mercer, 2nd Battalion. In 1914, 1st battalion was stationed in Aldershot and 2nd battalion in India. Both battalions were transferred to France at the outbreak of war, but 2nd battalion moved to Mesopotamia before the action at the Hohenzollern Redoubt. In his letters, Andrew talks about gaining his commission on 21/Sep/1915. We therefore suppose that he won the DCM as a Sergeant with the 2nd, then transferred to the 1st.
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Extracts from "The Royal Highland Regiment - Black Watch 42nd - 73rd Medal Roll 1801-1911" 2nd Battalion The Black Watch, South African Medals and Clasps. 1st April 1901, 1st Oct 1902. p231 Regtl No - 7144 Rank - Pte Name - Mercer, A Remarks - none (blank) Paardeberg - 1 Wittebergen - 1 Cape Colony - 1 Transvaal - 1 S. Africa 1901 - 1 S. Africa 1902 - 1 Right to King's South Africa Medal - Yes
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Extracts from " History of the Black Watch in the Great War, Volume 1" by A.G.Wauchope. p118: Record of Officer's Services Name Mercer, A. Rank 2nd Lieut. Record Commissioned from ranks, after 16 years 8 mths service, 17.9.15, Wounded, 13.10.15, Died of Wounds at le Touquet, 22.10.15 Actions at which present: Loos '15, Hohenzollern Redoubt '15 Promotions and Regtl Appts Nil p150: List of those "Mentioned in Dispatches" 2nd Lieut. A. Mercer p337: 2nd Battalion, list of those receiving DCM Sgt. A. Mercer
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KILGOUR, Janet Barclay - Death - 24/04/1933 The West Australian, Monday 24 April 1933 - page 1 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/32484973 DEATHS MERCER.— On April 23, 1933. at her late residence, 886 Barker-road. Subiaco, Janey Barclay, dearly-beloved wife of George Brown Mercer, and loving mother of Janet, George, Harry, Agnes, and Christina; aged 78 years, FUNERAL NOTICES MERCER. — The Friends of the late Janey Barclay Mercer, late of 386 Barker-road, Subiaco, dearly beloved wife of George Brown Mercer, and loving mother of Janet, George, Harry, Agnes, and Christina, are respectfully informed that her remains will be interred in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Karrakatta, at 11.30 o'clock THIS (Monday) MORNING. The Funeral is appointed to leave her late residence, 386 Barker-road, Subiaco, at 11 o'clock, per motor. Friends wishing to attend the Funeral may proceed by the 11.5 o'clock train leaving Perth. C. H. SMITH and CO., Undertakers, 261 New castle-street. Perth. Tel. B1231; 175 Albany road; Victoria Park. B8416. SUBIACO CLUB. MERCER. — The Members of the above Club are respectfully requested to attend the Funeral of the late Mrs. Janey B. Mercer, which will take place in the. Presbyterian Cemetery, Karrakatta, at 11.30 o'clock, THIS (Monday) MORNING. Members attending may proceed by the 11.5 o'clock train from Perth. P. MANSFIELD, Secretary.
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MERCER, George Brown - Death - 23/10/1947 The West Australian, Thursday 23 Oct 1947 - page 1 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/46808492 DEATHS MERCER .---On October 22. at Royal Perth Hospital. George Brown Mercer. late of 8 Robinson-street. Subiaco, the dearly loved husband of the late Janet Mercer, loved father of George, Alice and Ina. At rest. FUNERAL NOTICES MERCER--The Friends of the late Mr. George Brown Mercer, of 8 Roblnson street. Subiaco, the dearly loved husband of the late Janet Mercer, are respect fully invited to follow his remains to the place of Interment (sic), the Presbyterian Cemetery. Karrakatta. The Cortege is appointed to leave his late residence. at 3.45 o'clock THIS (Thursday) AFTERNOON, arriving at the Cemetery at 4 o'clock. J. L. WATKINS AND SONS, Maylanda. U1277. U1264.
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Note from Erica Gregory, grand-daughter of Andrew and Edith: Granddad had been recalled to fight in Europe and, as soon as they could arrange it, Granny and the girls (Janet and Emily) came over to London in early 1915. As the ship was late in arriving, they missed Granddad’s special leave and he had to go straight back to the front despite missing them. When he was wounded, Granny went over to tend him and was with him to the end. She never recovered from his loss and was quite eccentric thereafter – very loveable though. During the time she spent nursing him, Janet and my mother had to stay in the house of a kindly Police Sergeant in Dover. As she was not allowed to take them over to France, he and his wife offered them accommodation out of the blue. Mum says Granny was eternally grateful but she feels the Policeman and his wife were a trifle relieved when the girls were collected on Granny’s return as they had been brought up in a very free and easy way in the mountains of India and were a trifle adventurous – specially with roof climbing. She would just smile and say no more about it. Granddad was always spoken of with great love and both the girls had adored him, as had Granny. I can feel that love when I think of him now, it was such a strong influence in my childhood.
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