Merriman, Gordon Holland

Second son of Frank Merriman J.P. and Mariquita, nee Boyd, of Knutsford, and one of the three Wykehamist brothers: Sir Frank Boyd Merriman OBE, MP, PC (H1893-1898) and Claud Anthony Merriman (H1901-1903, Assistant Bursar at Winchester College from 1938 to 1952. He entered the School from Horris Hill and became Head of his House, a Commoner Prefect and a member of Sixth Book. He was also for two years President of Boat Club and played in Commoner XV.

He passed through Woolwich, where he won the Silver Bugle and represented the Royal Military Academy against Sandhurst at hockey; he obtained his commission in 1904 in the Royal Field Artillery and servedĀ in India and South Africa. In 1912, he was transferred to the Royal Horse Artillery and on the outbreak of war proceeded to France with J. Battery. He was promoted Captain in October 1914 and in the early months of 1915 was given command of a R.F.A. ammunition column, and later of a field battery.

On May 12th 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres, one of his limbers (the detachable front part of a gun carriage) was ignited by enemy shell-fire. Captain Merriman immediately ordered everyone under cover and ran up to extinguish the fire. He was struck by a shell while so engaged and killed instantly. Merriman is buried in Grave II.B.1 of the Perth (China Wall) Cemetery.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Merriman
  • Forenames or initials: Gordon Holland
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1898-1902
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 10th December 1884
  • Date of Death: 12th May 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B2
  • Decoration: NA