Merritt, Cecil Mack (1877-1915)

Cecil Mack Merritt, detail from 72nd Regiment, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada annual inspection, about 1913; Vancouver City Archives, AM54-S4-: Mil P225; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/72nd-regiment-seaforth-highlanders-of-canada-annual-inspection.

Cecil Mack Merritt, detail from 72nd Regiment, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada annual inspection, about 1913; Vancouver City Archives, AM54-S4-: Mil P225; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/72nd-regiment-seaforth-highlanders-of-canada-annual-inspection.

Cecil Mack Merritt was a merchant and broker. He lived at 975 Park Road (later Lagoon Drive) from 1905 to 1913.

Cecil Mack Merritt was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, on January 6, 1877. His father was William Ingersoll Merritt. Cecil’s mother was Mary Beatrice Adams.

He went to school at St. Paul’s School in London, England. In 1895, he went to Canada. He joined the Royal Grenadier (Militia) Regiment in 1896.

In 1898, he went to Dawson City in the Yukon, taking the long and difficult route over the Edmonton trail. The trip took two years.

By 1901, he was back in London, England, where he worked as a stock exchange clerk at the London Stock Exchange.

In 1904, he moved to Vancouver. Initially he worked with Boyd, Burns and Company, a firm of metal merchants and ship chandlers.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1905, page 184

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1905, page 184

Later he became a real estate broker.

He lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1905 and 1906 Vancouver Club
1907 to 1913 975 Park Road (no house number listed under names in 1907)
1914 Angus Avenue near Hosmer Avenue.

On December 4, 1905, Vancouver, Cecil married Sophie Almon Tupper. She was born on May 16, 1882, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her father was Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper (1855-1927), who lived at 2050 Barclay Street from 1899 to 1924. Sophie’s mother was Janet Macdonald (1858-1935).

On December 29, 1905, Cecil joined with several other Vancouver residents to petition the British Columbia Legislature to incorporate the Kamloops and Yellow Head Pass Railway, which was to run from Kamloops to Tete Jaune Cache. The other petitioners were Walter Archibald Anderson, George Dillon Curtis, William Martin Griffin and Robert Innys Baker Warton.

In November 1910, Cecil became a captain in the 72nd Regiment Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.

72nd Regiment, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada annual inspection; about 1913, Vancouver City Archives, AM54-S4-: Mil P225; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/72nd-regiment-seaforth-highlanders-of-canada-annual-inspection

72nd Regiment, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada annual inspection; about 1913, Vancouver City Archives, AM54-S4-: Mil P225; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/72nd-regiment-seaforth-highlanders-of-canada-annual-inspection

On October 13, 1914, he became a major in the regiment.

When the First World War began in 1914, Cecil served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Europe. On April 22, 1915, he was wounded in the leg during the Second Battle of Ypres. The next morning he was killed while encouraging his men during a counter-attack against the German forces. He was memorialized in the Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial in Belgium.

There is a portrait of Cecil in the Vancouver Club.

Sophie never re-married. She died on March 3, 1964, in Vancouver.

 

Cecil and Sophie had the following children

 

Beatrice Ormond Merritt

Beatrice Ormond Merritt was born in Vancouver on February 14, 1907.

She married John Alexander Macmillan, who was a physician. He was born on March 3, 1905, in Quebec. His father was Alexander Gray MacMillan. His mother was Nina Gordon Hughes.

John died on March 24, 1981, in Vancouver.

Beatrice died on May 4, 2002 in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

 

Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt

Charles Cecil (“Cece” or “Cecil”) Ingersoll Merritt was born on November 10, 1908, in Vancouver.

He graduated from Royal Military College of Canada in 1929. He later worked as a lawyer in Vancouver.

On July 1, 1937, in Belleville, Ontario, he married Grace Graham Bone. She was born on November 3, 1913, in Ontario. Her father was Jamieson Bone. Her mother was Florence Graham.

During the Second World War, Cece served as a lieutenant colonel with the Canadian military. While commanding his battalion during the Dieppe raid on August 19, 1942, he was captured by enemy forces. He won a Victoria Cross for “matchless gallantry and inspiring leadership.”

After the war, he served one term as a Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver-Burrard. In 1949 he returned to the practice of law.

Grace died on August 5, 1990, in Vancouver. She was buried in Ocean View Cemetery in Burnaby, British Columbia

Cece died on July 12, 2000, in Vancouver. He was buried in Ocean View Cemetery in Burnaby.

 

William (“Bill”) Francis Ingersoll Merritt

William (“Bill”) Francis Ingersoll Merritt was born in Vancouver on August 16, 1913.

On November 18, 1935, in Vancouver, he married Mary Elizabeth Gordon. She was born on July 15, 1914, in Vancouver. Her father was Lemuel Laird Gordon. Her mother was Florence Armstrong Wishart.

Mary died in Vancouver on April 20, 1967.

Bill died in Vancouver on January 9, 1978.

 

Sources

 

Cecil Mack Merritt

“Cecil Mack Merritt,” For King and Empire: The Canadians in the Second Battle of Ypres, April 22nd to 26th, 1915, by N.M. Christie, CEF Books, 1999, page 19: “Merritt, Cecil Mack, Capt., 16th Battn. (Canadian Scottish, 72nd Seaforth Highlanders),Canadian Expeditionary Force, last surviving s. of Lieut.-Col. William Ingersoll Merritt, of 6,Sumner Place, South Kensington, London, late 30th (East Lancashire) and 4th Manchester Regts., by his wife, Mary Beatrice, 3rd dau. of Major-Gen. Frank Adams, C.B., and granddau. of Henry Cadwallader Adams, of Anstey Hall, co. Warwick, J.P., D.L.; b. St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada, 6 Jan. 1877; educ. St. Paul’s School, London ; Went to Canada in 1895, and joined the Royal Grenadier(Militia) Regt. in 1896. He was one of the few who went into Dawson in the rush of ’98 over the Edmonton trail, the journey taking him two years. After leaving the Yukon he returned to England and was for a short time on the London Stock Exchange. He went to Vancouver in 1904, and when the 72nd Regt. Seaforth Highlanders of Canada was formed in Nov. 1910, he was appointed one of its senior Capts. He received his Majority in that Regt. 13 Oct. 1914. He was on Major Gen. Sir Sam Hughes’s Staff during his visit to the Imperial Army manoeuvres in 1912, and on the outbreak of war at once volunteered for. Imperial service, and was given command of a coy. in the 16th Battn. “Canadian Scottish,” 1st Canadian Division. He went with them to France in Feb. 1915, and was present at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. On 22 April, 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres he was leading his coy. in the charge made by the Canadian Scottish near St. Julien, to check the first rush of the Germans after their gas attack, when he was wounded in the leg. He refused to leave his men, and with them occupied the German trenches. Next morning he was killed while encouraging his men during a counter-attack. He was mentioned In F.M. Sir John (now Lord) French’s Despatch of 31 May, 1915, for gallant and distinguished service in the field. His commanding officer, Col. R. E. Edwards Leckey, wrote: ” Cecil Merritt was one of the finest officers I ever knew. . . . He was wounded in the charge, but not severely, and still continued to lead his men on. He remained in the trenches we had captured, and when a counter-attack was threatened he got up to shoot over the parapet with his revolver. It was then he received his fatal wound. No one could have been braver and no one could have led his men better than he did. His name has been submitted for the Military Cross “; and brother officers speak of his “personal bravery and spirit of dash and tenacity,” and of the admiration which his men had for him; and a Private wrote: “He was wounded twice but would not expose his men to be carried back to the dressing station, and after some hours in the captured trenches heard there was a counter-charge from the Germans, and it was then he received the fatal shot In his head.” At St. Paul’s he took a leading part in the school life, being captain of the football XV. He was one of the first captains of the well-known Harlequin Rugby Football Club. He m. at Vancouver, B.C., 4 Dec. 1905, Sophie Almon, eldest dau. of the Hon. Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper , K.C.M.G., and had two sons and a dau.: Charles Cecil Ingersoll, b. 10 Nov. 1908; Francis William, b. 16 Aug. 1913 ; and Beatrice Ormonde, b. 14 Feb. 1907.”

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVF6-D8D : accessed 26 January 2016), Cecil Merritt in household of William Merritt, Niagara (Town), Niagara, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 2; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13254, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,890; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e328/e008187845.pdf.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QQJP-CZM : accessed 26 January 2016), Cecil M Merrit in household of M Beatrice Merrit, Fulham, London, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, London county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9CZ-96V : accessed 26 January 2016), Cecil M Meritt in household of William R Meritt, Kensington, London, Middlesex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Brompton subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD81-D9Z : accessed 26 January 2016), Cecil Mack Merritt and Sophie Almen Tupper, 04 Dec 1905; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11373, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,530.

“To Attend Wedding; Sir Charles and Lady Tupper Are Coming To Coast,” Vancouver Province, November 16, 1905, page 15: “Winnipeg, Nov. 15.—Sir Charles Tupper, Bart., Lady Tupper, and Miss Tupper, will leave on Monday for Vancouver, to be present at the marriage of Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper’s daughter, which takes place on December 4, and at which Miss Tupper is to be one of the four bridesmaids. Sir Charles and Lady Tupper will remain at the cost for the winter.”

“Marriage of Mr. Merritt and Miss Sophie Tupper,” Vancouver World, December 4, 1905, pages 1 and 14. [Includes detailed description of wedding, including lists of guests and gifts.]

“Marriage, Merritt-Tupper,” Vancouver Daily News-Advertiser, December 5, 1905, page 2 [Includes detailed description of wedding, including lists of guests and gifts.]

“Merritt-Tupper Nuptials To-Day; Fashionable Wedding of Well Known Vancouver Young People Celebrated at Christ Church This Afternoon,” Vancouver Province, December 4, 1905, pages 1 and 9 [Includes detailed description of wedding, including lists of guests and gifts.]

Kamloops and Yellow Head Pass Railway, petition to Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, December 29, 1905, http://archives.leg.bc.ca/EPLibraries/leg_arc/document/ID/LibraryTest/2014889903.

Society, Vancouver Province, June 2, 1906, page 22: “Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Merritt arrived home on Tuesday from their honeymoon trip in England, and will occupy for the summer, Parkside, the residence of Sir Charles Hibbert and Lady Tupper, the bride’s parents, who with their daughter, Miss Frances Tupper, will spend the summer in England.”

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2Q9B-GHK : accessed 26 January 2016), Cecil M Merritt, Mar 1910; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-4736, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“West End Memories, Recollections of Some Noted Men of a Bygone Generation Who Resided in Exclusive Area,” by Irene Phelan Stephan, Vancouver Sun, March 3, 1945, page 9 (Magazine Section)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MLN3 : accessed 26 January 2016), Cecil Mac Merritt, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63700&highlight=41&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Cecil+Mac+Merritt; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001940077.pdf.

Captain Cecil Mack Merritt, Great Canadian War Project, http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetailPrint.asp?ID=57928.

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Name: Merritt, Cecil Mack; Rank: CPT; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6132 – 39; Date of Birth: 06/01/1877; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=191352.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial; Cecil MacK Merritt; In memory of Captain Cecil MacK Merritt; April 23, 1915; http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/1594592?Cecil%20Mack%20Merritt.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission, C.M. Merritt, http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1594592/MERRITT,%20C%20M

“With Captain Merritt When Latter Was Shot,” Vancouver Province, June 7, 1915, page 4.

“Late Officer of Highlanders,” Vancouver Province, April 26, 1915, page 1 [includes photograph of Captain Cecil Marsh [sic] Merritt]: “Captain Cecil Marsh [sic] Merritt, one of the Vancouver officers reported among the killed, was a member of the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders unit He was a son-in-law of Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper, whose son, Reginald, is also listed among the wounded. Captain Merritt was a son of Colonel William Ingersoll Merritt of St. Catharines, Ont., and now living in London, England. Captain Merritt served in the 10th Battalion of the Royal Canadian Grenadiers in Toronto before he came to the Coast. He was regarded as one of the smartest young officers in the local military service. He received his education in England at Bedford College and St. Paul’s and was identified with the Imperial Bank at Toronto for several years. He came to Vancouver fifteen years ago, joining the firm of Boyd, Burns & Co. He was of a sterling type and was exceedingly popular. Captain Merritt made a memorable trip, walking all the way from the Mackenzie River to Dawson, with one companion out of a party of 80 which left Edmonton at the time of the gold rush, to the Klondike. He was married in 1905 to Miss Sophie Tupper, and resided at Shaughnessy Heights. He leaves two sons and a daughter as well as his young wife to mourn his loss. Captain Merritt was a grandson of Nehemiah Merritt, director of the Canada Life, and on his mother’s side was the grandson of General Frank Adams, who distinguished himself in the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny. His great-grandfather was the Hon. William Hamilton Merritt, founder of the Welland Canal.”

“Fell in Battle with the Germans at Ypres,” Vancouver Province, April 26, 1915, page 5: “Killed—. . . Capt. Cecil Marsh [sic] Merritt, Sixteenth Battalion, Canadian Scottish Brigade, member of 72nd Seaforth Highland Regiment.”

Portrait of Cecil Mack Merritt in the Vancouver Club: correspondence from Seaforth Highlanders of Canada: February 16, 2016 at 9:39 am: “Thanks very much for your bio of Cecil Mack Merritt – incidentally the Vancouver Club has a fine portrait of Merritt in its collections, however I do not know who the painter was.”

 

Sophie Almon Tupper (wife of Cecil Mack Merritt)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTV-9Z2 : accessed 26 January 2016), Sophie Alom Merritt, 1964.

“Col. Merritt’s Wife and Mother Honorary Primrose Members,” Vancouver Sun, October 29, 1942, page 6: “A resolution passed at the October meeting of the Primrose Club invited Mrs. C.M. Merritt and Mrs. Cecil Merritt, mother and wife of the Dieppe hero, Maj. Cecil Merritt, V.C., to become honorary members of the club.”

“City VC’s mother dies,” Vancouver Province, March 4, 1963, page 6:

“Mrs. Cecil Merritt, mother of Col. Cecil Merritt, V.C., died Tuesday. She was in her 82nd year.

Mrs. Merritt had been a resident of Vancouver of 64 years. She was a great-granddaughter [sic] of Sir Charles Tupper, one of the founders of Confederation, … daughter of Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper. Her husband, Major C.M. Merritt, was killed in action at Ypres in 1915.

Family: Besides Col. Merritt, she is survived by a second son, William, and a daughter, Mr. J. H. [sic] MacMillan.

Services: Thursday at 2 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral.”

“Sir Charles Tupper’s Kin Dies at 81,” Vancouver Sun, March 4, 1964, page 11:

“A long-time Vancouver resident who was a granddaughter of Sir Charles Tupper, one of the Fathers of Confederation, died Tuesday.

Funeral services for Mrs. Cecil Merritt, 81, of 750 West Forty-first, will be held Thursday in Christ Church Cathedral at 2 p.m.

She had lived in this city since 1898.

Mrs. Merritt was the widow of Major C. N. [sic] Merritt, who was killed in action at Ypres in 1915, and the daughter of Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter, Colonel C.C.I. Merritt, V.C., Q.C., former MP for Vancouver Burrard, William Merritt, and Mrs. J.A. MacMillan, of Caulfield, B.C., and seven grandchildren.”

Mrs. Cecil Merritt, death notice, Vancouver Province, March 4, 1964, page 20: “Merritt—Passed away in hospital, March 3, 1064, Mres Cecil Merritt. Survived by 2 sons, Cecil amd William Merritt; 1 daughter, Mrs. J.A. (Bea) MacMillan; 7 grandchildren, all of Vancouver. Mrs. Merritt was the widow of the late Major C.M. Merritt, killed in action at Ypres in 1915. She was the grand-daughter of Sir Charles Tupper, one of the fathers of Confederation. Daughter of Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper of Vancouver. Funeral service Thursday, March 5, at 2 p.m. from the Christ Church Cathedral, Georgia at Burrard, Rev. Northcote Burke officiating. Interment Ocean View Burial Park, Harold Edwards Funeral Home Directors in charge.”

 

Beatrice Ormond Merritt (daughter of Cecil Mack Merritt)

Birth notice, Vancouver Province, February 20, 1907, page 3: “Merritt—On the 18th inst. At 1900 Robson street, the wife of Cecil M. Merritt, of a daughter”; “A baby daughter has arrived in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil M. Merritt. The child is a granddaughter of Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper.”

Beatrice O. MacMillan, death notice, Vancouver Sun, May 11, 2002, page B-8: “MacMillan—Beatrice O. 1907-2002. Great-granddaughter of Sir Charles Tupper died peacefully at home in Nanaimo May 4, 2002. Born in Vancouver. Served WW2 in England. Predeceased by husband Dr. Jack MacMillan and brothers Cecil and Bill Merritt of Vancouver. Survived by son and grandchildren. Private funeral.”

 

John Alexander MacMillan (husband of Beatrice Ormond Merritt)

John Alexander MacMillan, The Don Dunphy Legacy, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=kohlerbj&id=I2360.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1K-T8Z : accessed 26 January 2016), John Alexander Macmillan, 1981.

 

Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt (son of Cecil Mack Merritt)

Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt, Canadian Who’s Who, 1964-1966, page 768.

Vancouver’s Hero of Dieppe, Vancouver Sun, August 21, 1942, page 1 [includes photograph of Col. Cecil Merritt]; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=QjJlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=M4kNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1600%2C445578.

Vancouver’s Col. Merritt Awarded Victoria Cross, Vancouver Province, October 2, 1942, page 1 [includes photograph of Lt.-Col. C.C.I. Merritt, V.C.].

“Col. Merritt Usually Gets What He Wants,” Vancouver Sun, October 2, 1942, page 18. [includes photograph of Lieut.-Col. Cece Merritt, V.C.].

Lieut.-Col. Merritt Termed “Most Outstanding Personality of Dieppe Raid.’ Never Was Officer More Highly Thought of by Men than V.C. Winner,” Lethbridge Herald, October 2, 1942, page 10.

Merritt Family Overseas, Vancouver Sun, August 21, 1942, page 9; [includes photograph of Cecil Merritt, Bill Merritt, and Mrs. John A. MacMillan [Beatrice Merritt]. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=QjJlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=M4kNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1789%2C486501.

“Commando Hero’s Wife and Mother Well Known in City,” Vancouver Sun, August 21, 1942, page 10, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=QjJlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=M4kNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3597%2C492282.

“Cece Merritt, Vancouver Footballer, Hero of Dieppe,” Vancouver Province, August 21, 1942, page 3

Honourable Mention, Lieut.-Col. C.C.I. Merritt, V.C., The Advocate, 1943, volume 1, page 55.

“Merritt Takes Pillbox ‘Before Breakfast,’” Vancouver Province, August 22, 1945, page 16.

News Thrills Merritt’s Family, Montreal Gazette, October 3, 1942, page 20 [includes photograph of Merritt family] https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=PQMuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wZgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2980%2C576473.

Lt.-Col. Cecil Merritt, V.C. Released From German Camp by U.S. Troops, The Maple Leaf, April 23, 1945, page 1; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=isY6AAAAIBAJ&sjid=SyoMAAAAIBAJ&pg=667%2C13052165.

“‘Mr.’ Merritt Makes First Appeal in Political Field,” Vancouver Province, May 25, 1945, page3.

Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1947, Lt.-Col. Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt, V.C. E.D. (Vancouver-Burrard, B.C., pages 222-223.

“Col. Merritt takes Red Cross helm,” Vancouver Province, September 20, 1956, page 30.

“Dieppe attack was harsh war lesson,” by Bill Seymour, Vancouver Sun, August 19, 1988, page C11 [includes photograph of Cecil Merritt.]

“Special Luncheon Meeting—Vancouver Bar, Honouring Lieut.-Col. C.C.E. Merritt, V.C., M.P.,” The Advocate, 1945, volume 3, pages 82-84.

Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt VC, http://www.canadaveteranshallofvalour.com/MerrittCC.htm.

Lt-Col Cecil Merritt, VC, Telegraph (United Kingdom), July 18, 2000, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1349057/Lt-Col-Cecil-Merritt-VC.html.

“Canadian military hero dies,” Vancouver Sun, July 14, 2000, page 1 [includes photograph of Cecil Merritt.]

“Dieppe Victoria Cross recipient Cecil Merritt dies at 91: He led his troops with a wave of his helmet before being taken prisoner,” Vancouver Sun, July 14, 2000, page B1.

Charles [sic] Merritt: Won Victoria Cross for bravery at Dieppe, Globe and Mail, July 15, 2000, page A14. [includes photograph of “Charles” Merritt.]

Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt, death notice, Vancouver Sun, July 15, 2000, page B4.

“Lt.-Col. Cecil Merritt; Canadian soldier earned highest heroism award,” National Post, July 18, 2000, page A-13. [includes photograph of Lt.-Col. Cecil Merritt.]

“Victoria Cross winner ‘a fearless man,’” Vancouver Sun, July 22, 2000, page A12. [includes photograph of Cecil Merritt, Bill Merritt, and Mrs. Jack MacMillan [Beatrice Merritt].

Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt, Q.C., V.C., The Advocate, volume 58, part 5, September 2000, pages 747-751.

 

William (“Bill”) Francis Ingersoll Merritt (son of Cecil Mack Merritt)

British Columbia Marriage Registrations; Registration Number 1935-09-430272; Francis W I Merritt and Mary Elizabeth Gordon; date of marriage: November 18, 1935; place of marriage: Vancouver: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=3381a5f2-6d5b-437c-b50c-92dc7f6c345d.

Social and Personal, Montreal Gazette, December 4, 1935, page 8; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4r4tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=C5kFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6975%2C308951:“The wedding was solemnized in Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, recently of Mary Elizabeth (Betty), only daughter of Mrs. Laird Gordon and the late L. Laird Gordon of Vancouver, and granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Armstrong of Toronto, to Francis William Ingersoll Merritt, great-grandson of one of the Fathers of Confederation and younger son of Mrs. Cecil Merritt and the late Captain Cecil Mack Merritt of Vancouver. The groom is also a grandson of the late Sir Charles Hibbert and Lady Tupper of Vancouver and of Mrs. William Ingersoll Merritt of London, Eng., and the late Colonel W.I. Merritt, formerly of St. Catharines, Ont. The wedding gown was a Windsor satin robe, and the heirloom veil of Carrickmacross lace had been worn by the groom’s mother, his grandmother, the late Lady Tupper, and by his great-grandmother, the wife of Sir Charles Tupper.”

“Merritt Wounded,” Regina Leader-Post, August 4, 1943, page 8: “Vancouver, Aug. 4. – Mrs. Betty Merritt of Vancouver as advised by cable Tuesday that her husband, Capt. Ingersoll Merritt, was wounded in action in Sicily July 21. Capt. Merritt enlisted in the Seaforth Highlanders in March, 1940. He is a brother of Lt.-Col. Cecil Merritt who won the Victoria Cross at Dieppe. Col. Merritt now is a prisoner of war.”

“Merritt Emulates V.C. Brother in Sicily,” Vancouver Province, August 7, 1943, page 1 [describes war bravery of Bill Merritt.]

“V.C.’s Wounded Brother Home; Capt. Bill Merritt Back in Canada,” Vancouver Province, January 6, 1944, page 1.

“Capt. Merritt Among Wounded Casualties,” Vancouver Sun, January 6, 1944, page 20.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBC-S6Y : accessed 26 January 2016), Mary Elizabeth Merritt, 1967.

Mary Elizabeth Merritt, death notice, Vancouver Sun, April 21, 1967, page 41: “Merritt, Mary Elizabeth, on April 20, 1967, beloved wife of F. William I. Merritt, of 1237 Balfour Ave., Vancouver, daughter of the late L. Laird Gordon and mother of Carol, Julie and Billy Merritt. Also survived by her brothers John and Bob Gordon. Funeral service at St. John’s Shaughnessy Church, at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 1967, with the Rev. G.A. Ruskell officiating. Interment Ocean View Burial Park. Chapman’s Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1W-KYZ : accessed 26 January 2016), Francis William Ingersoll Merritt, 1978.

Francis William Ingersoll Merritt, death notice, Vancouver Province, January 10, 1978, page 24; Vancouver Sun, January 10, 1978, page C-6: “Merritt—Francis William Ingersoll (Bill), died on January 9, 1978, at home, in his 65th year. Predeceased by his loving wife, Betty. Survived by his loving family, Carol and John Harris, Julie and John Cullen, Bill Merritt; brother, Cecil; sister, Bee. Funeral service Thursday, January 12, 2 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral. Interment family plot, Ocean View Burial Park. Mount Pleasant Nunn & Thomson directors.”

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