Regiment : 9th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 8711
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 15th April 1917
Place of death : At sea
Buried : Commemorated on Chatby Memorial, Egypt.
Birthplace : Born and enlisted Redditch, Worcestershire
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Samuel Merry was born on the 8th March 1895. He entered Redditch County Primary School on 18th July 1898 along with his two older sisters, Annie and Kate. The children’s parent was given as George and the family resided in Ipsley. Samuel left the school on 30th August 1900 to attend the National School.
On 15th April 1917, Samuel was one of over 2,600 troops on board the SS Cameronia enroute from Marseilles to Alexandria, Egypt when the ship was torpedoed by the German submarine U-33 150 miles off the coast of Malta. The ship sank within 40 minutes, the exact number of lives lost varies significantly from different sources but Samuel Merry was one of those who drowned.
Samuel’s brother and family remembered him a year later with a message in the In Memoriam section of The Redditch Indicator, 20th April 1918.
Redditch Indicator report taken from Redditch at War by Alan Foxall and Ray Saunders, Breedon Books 2004.