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Regimental number4660
Place of birthNewcastle-on-Tyne, England
SchoolRoyal Grammar School, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
Age on arrival in Australia18
AddressPalmwoods, NC Line, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height6' 0"
Weight174 lbs
Next of kinAunt, Mrs A S Leslie, Benachie, River View Terrace, South Toowong, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 September 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name26th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mooltan on 12 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 18 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialVignacourt British Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 9), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Rev. David and Mrs Jessie MERSON. Native of Newcastle-on-Tyne
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2784 Sergeant James Leslie MERSON, 47th Bn, killed in action, 31 August 1916; Cousins: 2320 Sergeant Arthur LESLIE, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, killed in action, 30 September 1918; Lt Ronald Douglas LESLIE, 26th Bn, died of wounds, 5 November 1916; Captain Walter Aland LESLIE, 1st Division Artillery, died of wounds, 6 May 1915.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Proceeded overseas to France from England, 15 September 1916; taken on strength, 26th Bn, in the field, 28 September 1916.

Wounded in action, 22 March 1917 (gun shot wound, left arm); admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 23 March 1917, and transferred same day to 46th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train, 25 March 1917, and admitted to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 March 1917; transferred to England, 29 March 1917, and admitted to Kitchener War Hospital, Brighton; discharged on furlough, 3 May 1917, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 18 May 1917.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, 16 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 20 October 1917; rejoined 26th Bn, in the field, 28 October 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 16 April 1918 (shrapnel wound, chest, penetrating), admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 20th Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 18 April 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MERSON David

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