|AIF 12th Battalion, 14th Regiment, 1916 |
Australian War Memorial Negative Number DAX1124
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Lest We Forget - Reginald Sydney Merrett (1895-1917)
Reginald Sydney Merrett was the only son of my grand aunt Maria Antoinette Tissott and her husband John Thomas Merrett. He grew up in Mepunga, Victoria and enlisted in the AIF on 29 Jan 1915 at Melbourne, Victoria. After training for a year he left for Suez on HMAT A69 Warilda, arriving there on 08 Mar 1916. He spent 3 months in Egypt training before being sent to join the 12th Battalion in France, arriving there in Jun 1916. On 9 Apr 1917 he died with gun shot wounds to the chest and back and was buried at Pozieres British Cemetery (Plot II, Row J, Grave No 28), Ovillers-La-Boisselle, France.
After the war his family asked the Australian Red Cross for more details surrounding his death and burial however there was no new information.
Reginald died intestate, his will never being found in any of his service records. There were bequests to him from his uncle, Alfred Tissott, his grandfather, Thomas Henry Merrett, and his father, John Thomas Merrett and this correspondence is available in the digitised copy of his file at The National Archives of Australia. His estate finally went to probate in 1939 with probate being granted to his half-sister Grace Teresa Merrett of Brunswick, Victoria.