Service Number: 8428
Enlisted: 14 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 6th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Crystal Brook, South Australia, 10 September 1895
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Norwood High School
Occupation: Mechanic
Died: Killed in Action, Sausage Valley, Pozieres, France, 7 August 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-la Boisselle
Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers la Boisselle, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Officers of S.A. Post, Telegraph and Telephone Department HR, Adelaide Postmaster General's Department WWI Honour Board , Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Magill Honour Board, Magill War Memorial, Postmaster General's Department Adelaide, Tusmore Burnside District Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
22 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 8428, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , Battle for Pozières
22 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 8428, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Persic, Melbourne

Allan Mercer

Allan Mercer Reg. No 8428 was the youngest son of John and Janet Mercer of Vine Street Magill. He was born on the 10th of September 1893, at Crystal Brook South Australia. Prior to enlisting he had served 4 years in the Citizens Forces. He was educated at Norwood High School, and on leaving joined the G.P.O. Engineers Department. On November 22nd 1915, he sailed from Melbourne aboard the HMAT Persic A34 for Suez in Egypt, where he arrived on the 21st December 1916. On the 23rd March 1916 he arrived in Marseilles, in France, along with the rest of the 6th Field Artillery.
He was killed in action at Sausage Valley, Pozieres, on the 7th August 1916. This date points to a battlefield tragedy. Six Anzacs died on this day, at this one spot. An enemy shell landed on 35 rounds of howitzer field gun ammunition. Killed along with Allan Mercer were, Frank Crommelin, William Cracknell, George Denness, Gladstone Page, and Henry White.
Allan Mercer was a member of the congregation of the Magill Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Magill Tennis Club. Both of these communities held him in high esteem, and lamented his loss.
Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 23 September 1916 p 43

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