Market Lavington Museum

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.