Private James Mercer

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

James Mercer was born about 1887 in Holmwood, Surrey to James and Robina Faulkner/Falconer Mercer nee McKenzie.

James’ father James Mercer was born about 1855 in Worthing, Sussex.

James’ mother Robina Faulkner/Falconer was born about 1861 or 1863 in Scotland to Isabella McKenzie, born about 1832 in Scotland.

James Mercer had four known blood siblings: William Mercer born about 1887 in Holme, Huntingdon; Falconer J. Mercer born about 1889 in Hanover Square, London; Eva Robina Mercer born on the 8th of January 1890 in Belgravia, London, and Edward Mercer born about 1893 in Belgravia, London.

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at 5 Belgrave Mews North, Belgravia, London. James was working as a coachman and Robina Faulkner/Falconer was looking after their children: William, Falconer J. and Eva Robina. The household also comprised of Robina’s mother, Isabella McKenzie. Isabella McKenzie was living on own means.

Robina Faulkner/Falconer Mercer died in the 2nd quarter of 1894 in the Registration District of St George Hanover Square, London.

James Mercer Sr. remarried Edith Emily [?] about 1898. Edith Emily was born about 1871 in Peckham, Surrey.

James Mercer had five known half siblings: Edith Rose Mercer born about 1899 in Fulham, London; Doris Mabel Mercer born about 1901 in Bangor, Ireland; Herbert Mercer born about 1903 in Bangor, Ireland; Vera Mary Mercer born about 1904 in Fulham, London and Elsie Margery Mercer born about 1911 in Fulham, London.

At the time of the 1901 Census, on the 31st of March 1901, the family lived in Ballyleedy, Bangor, Down, Ireland. James and Edith Emily were looking after their children Edith Rose and Doris Mabel. The household also comprised of Edward and Eva Robina, James’ children from the first marriage.

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived in Clonmel Road, S.W., Fulham, London. James was working as a taxi driver. Edith Emily was looking after their children: Edith Rose, Doris Mabel, Herbert, Vera Mary and Elsie Margery. The household also comprised of dressmaker’s assistant Eva Robina and milk carrier Edward, James’ children from the first marriage. The accommodation had five rooms.

James Mercer enlisted in London and became part of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment (Princess Victoria’s). He was a private with a regimental number 9279. At the time of his enlistment James resided in Fulham S.W., Middlesex.

James Mercer Ireland Casualties of WW1 © Ancestry.co.uk
James Mercer Ireland Casualties of WW1 © Ancestry.co.uk

James disembarked on the 22nd of August 1914 to France. He went missing on the 27th of August 1914 in France and is presumed dead since this day. The day before he was missing, his Battalion was engaged in the Battle of Le Cateau.

James Mercer is commemorated at the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial in France.

James Mercer Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk
James Mercer Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk

James’ father James Mercer received £8, 11s and 11d on the 24th of March 1916 and further £3 on the 20th of October 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

According to the London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965, James’ father James Sr. and his second wife Edith Emily lived at 57 Radipole Road, Fulham South & West.

James Mercer British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll © Ancestry.co.uk
James Mercer British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll © Ancestry.co.uk
James Mercer Army Medal Roll Index Card © Ancestry.co.uk
James Mercer Army Medal Roll Index Card © Ancestry.co.uk

James Mercer was awarded the British War and Victory medals and the 1914 Star.

Born in                        Holmwood

Son of                         James and Robina Mercer nee McKenzie

Regiment                     1st Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers)
Number                       9279

Date of Death              27th August 1914
Place of Death             France

Memorial                    La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial