Other names: John Percival
Locations in this story: Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbuyr, DorsetIwerne Minster, DorsetFrome, Somerset
Story: John Percival Merrifield (surname as registered) was born at Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9 Apr 1899 the son of Henry John Merefield (surname as registered) and Anne Stroud Merefield (nee Tanswell). He lived all his early life in Fontmell Magna. He enlisted and served with the 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment achieving the rank of Sergeant (Service No. 13247). It is not known in which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge on 18 Apr 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Evelyn Louisa Beck at Iwerne Minster, Dorset, on 21 Feb 1928. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 12 Vicarage Street, Frome, Somerset, described as a Fertilizer Manufacturer. He died in Iwerne Minster, Dorset, on 5 May 1978. Of his brothers, Victor George Merrifield, died during the conflict whilst Edgar William Merrifield and Reginald Henry Merrifield, both survived.