Merrick, Henry James
Henry James Herrick of 37 Garton Street, Port Melbourne is listed among the Naval contribution to the Expeditionary Force that sailed for Rabaul in, what was then, German New Guinea, in September 1914.
1914 ‘GERMAN NEW GUINEA.’, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), 14 September, p. 7. , viewed 07 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10806307
Merrick returned to Australia after the Bridging Team was disbanded and attempted to enlist with the A.I.F. on 18 April, 1916, his Attestation showing 7 months with the Bridging Team, but more importantly, 12 years with the Royal Navy before his time expired. Rather strangely and despite him volunteering a second time, he was was struck off strength as a Deserter from the 23rd Depot Battalion on 6th June.
Born Bristol, England, Henry James Merrick died in Prince Henry’s Hospital in 1936 at 55 years of age and was interred in Fawkner Cemetery.
MERRICK – On the 21st January 1936, at Prince Henry’s Hospital, late of Hobson street, Sandringham, Henry James, loved husband of Elsie Merrick, and loved brother of Mrs. Hawkins, and Mrs. Pruett (England) aged 55 years.