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Roy Vernon MERRITT

Regimental number28370
Place of birthBlack Flat, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationStudent
AddressWelshpool,South Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 6.25"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Merritt, Welshpool,South Gippsland, Victoria
Previous military service64th Infantry
Enlistment date25 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 May 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 12, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/39/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Artillery Brigade
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularBrothers: 318 Pte Charles Cecil MERRITT, 3rd Machine Gun Squadron, died of wounds, 1 November 1917; 319 Pte Frank Leslie MERRITT, 8th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 11 April 1916. Uncle: 231 Sgt David CRAWFORD, 8th Light Horse Regiment, killed in action, 23 June 1915.
FateReturned to Australia 25 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 25 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 28 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 August 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 18 August 1917.

Taken on strength, 14th Field Artillery Brigade, and posted to 53rd Battery, 27 August 1917.

Evacuated, 2 October 1917 (gassed); admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 3 October 1917; transferred to 1st Aouth African General Hospital, Abbeville, 4 October 1917; embarked for England, 11 October 1917; admitted to Reading War Hospital, 12 October 1917 (mustard gas); transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 2 November 1917; discharged, 6 November 1917; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 13 November 1917; marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 19 January 1918.

Marched out to Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, Heytesbury, 5 February 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 March 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 14 March 1918; rejoined 14th Field Artillery Brigade, 19 March 1918.

To England on leave, 26 January 1919; reported to Headquarters, 12 February 1919.

Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Sutton Veny, 26 February 1919 (sick); discharged, 27 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from England on board HT 'Fort Denison', 25 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 10 May 1919; discharged, 25 July 1919 (medically unfit).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 June 1975
SourcesNAA: B2455, MERRITT Roy Vernon

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