Private Arthur Merriott, 19, was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment when he was killed on 23 December 1914. He has no known grave, and is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial in France.
Rifleman Charles Merriott, 23, was killed on 19 April 1917. He was serving with 1/8th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment, a territorial unit, and is remembered on the Jerusalem Memorial.
Arthur and Charles Merriott were the sons of the late John and Agnes Merriott, of 47 Boulton Road, Southsea. We know that Arthur was educated at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Kent. This would suggest that the Merriotts were a military family, as the Duke of York’s School was for the children of servicemen. That Arthur was serving in a regular Battalion and killed early in the war in 1914 also suggests that he had joined the Army pre-war.