A Merritt in the Home Guard

Two years ago we first looked at this photo of a young man in the Market Lavington Home Guard. His name is Albert W Merritt

Albert Merritt in the Market Lavington Home Guard during World War II

Albert Merritt in the Market Lavington Home Guard during World War II

The person who gave us this photo simply said he was one of a large family of Merritts in Market Lavington.

We have just been sent new information so this post updates and replaces our guesses made back in 2012

A Correction…….This is my Uncle ‘Bert’. I also have this photo. His birth was registered in Devizes, incorrectly spelt as Merrett. His parents were James Merritt and Elizabeth (nee Fitch) and he was born 1914/15. Two older siblings were Frances Helen, my mum, born 1910, and Robert James 1912.

In 1911 James was a gardener, fruit grower and jam maker and lived at Mount Pleasant in Market Lavington. He had been born in Market Lavington. His wife, Elizabeth came from Littleton Panell.

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5 Responses to “A Merritt in the Home Guard”

  1. Pam Ley Says:

    A Correction…….This is my Uncle ‘Bert’. I also have this photo. His birth was registered in Devizes, incorrectly spelt as Merrett. His parents were James Merritt and Elizabeth (nee Fitch) and he was born 1914/15. Two older siblings were Frances Helen, my mum, born 1910, and Robert James 1912.

  2. Norman. Merritt Says:

    The man in the photograph was my father Albert winston Merritt
    His father owned vicarage farm easterton sands

    • marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

      Hi Norman
      Lovely to hear from you and thanks for the information.
      This year we have a display in the museum called ‘Lost and Found’. You ought to come and see it as you found many of the items.
      Rog
      Curator

  3. Easterton milk round | Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] This is the milk round from Vicarage Farm. Vicarage Farm was opposite what was once the Easterton Vicarage and is now called Easterton House. The farm still exists, up there on Vicarage Lane, Easterton Sands. Back at the time of the photo the farm was held by a branch of the Merritt family and here we see Albert Winston Merritt delivering the milk produced by cows on the farm where his dad was the farmer. Albert was born in 1914 and as a farm worker he was not called up for military service in World War II. He served in the Home Guard and we have seen him in this role before. Click here to see that post […]

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