Other names: Edgar William
Locations in this story: Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, DorsetBath, Somerset
Story: Edgar William Merrifield (surname as registered) was born at Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1886 and baptised there on 8 Aug 1886 the son of Henry John Merefield (surname as registered) and Anne Stroud Merefield (nee Tanswell). He lived most of his life in and around Fontmell Magna except for Military Service. By 1911 he was living with the family at 38 Sutton Road, Fontmell Magna. He enlisted and served with the 472nd Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery eventually holding the rank of Acting Bombardier (Service No. 65021). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He died in Bath, Somerset, and was buried at Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2 Jun 1938. His brother, Victor Gerald, also served but was killed, whereas, his other brothers, Reginald Henry Merrifield and John Percival Merrifield, also served but survived.