William Merrill

Submitted by Paddy Merrill

William was Paddy's Husbands father

William Merrill was born in Sheffield 21 March 1892 –
He joined the Yorkshire group and was invalided out but we believe that he rejoined – cant find any proof .   

He  married on the 16 July 1916 when such of lot of our dear men were killed.   
He enlisted with a John Earnshaw another Yorkshire man who was killed on this day-  
John couldn’t get leave to be the ‘best man’  William and John married sisters.

William moved around the district to get work- He was a colliery worker and went on to have 5 sons all started working in the mines at 14 years old. My husband was the youngest son.

William died at 50 never got over the condition of his discharge








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