Other names: Wilfred Harry
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyFrance & FlandersDickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, BelgiumCompton Abbas, DorsetSt. Leonard's Church, Semley, Wiltshire
Story: Wilfred Harry Merefield was born in 1882 in the registration district of Shaftesbury. He was the son of James and Amelia Merefield. In 1904 he married Louisa Gertrude Woodrow. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was working as a Cowman on a Farm and they were living at Compton Abbas, Dorset. By the time of his enlistment they were living in Semley. He joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 57938). He served in France & Flanders and he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 1st August 1917 and was buried at Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, Belgium (grave id. II.F.14). He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was included on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church.