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Full Name
John Joseph Merrick
Rank Last Held
Driver
Forename(s)
John Joseph
Surname
Merrick
War
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
5/313
Gender
Male
Date of Birth
28 June 1897
Place of Birth
Auckland, New Zealand
Religion
Roman Catholic
First Known Rank
Driver
Occupation before Enlistment
Miner
Next of Kin
Mrs Caroline Merrick (mother), 8 Deadwood Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
Puriri, Thames, New Zealand
Enlistment Date
4 February 1915
Military District
Auckland
Body on Embarkation
5th Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit
Army Service Corps
Embarkation Date
13 June 1915
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Transport
HMNZT 26
Vessel
Aparima
Destination
Suez, Egypt (24 July - 6 August 1915)
Nominal Roll Number
Vol1
Page on Nominal Roll
499
Military Awards
British War Medal (1914-1920)
Award Circumstances
Only this medal was issued [to the next of kin Mrs C Merrick, mother] because he had embarked overseas but had not served in a war zone.
Wounds and Diseases
Meningitis
Last Unit Served
New Zealand Army Service Corps
Place of Death
At sea en route to Egypt
Date of Death
20 June 1915
Age at Death
18
Year of Death
1915
Cause of Death
Died of meningitis
Cemetery Name
Buried at sea
Memorial Name
  • Auckland Provincial Memorial, Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Coromandel Roll of Honour 1914-1918
Obituary
New Zealand Herald, 28 June 1915, p.1
Biographical Notes
  • Son of Caroline and John M. Merrick
  • The following excerpt was taken from a typescript diary account by Sergeant John Wilson: "We had a funeral at sea on 21st of Private Merrick who died of meningitis, ship stopped for 10 minutes, very sad ceremony." (MS 2007/28)
Description of Image
Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915
Additional Information
New Zealand Herald, 14 July 1915, p. 4
Archives NZ source
Military personnel file
Further References
Wilson, John. Diary of Sgt J. Wilson, N.Z. Engineers 1915. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2007/28.
Sources Used
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org

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