Family History


This is part of my work looking into my family during WW1. Was Ted Jackson expempted from conscription due to being a widower with dependents? I would love to hear from anyone who is a descendent of James Merritt father of Ted's wife Mabel, and in particular if they can throw any more light on the war experiences of Mabel's brothers. Please e-mail me



Born:              1887 Forest Gate, West Ham

Father:            Robert George Jackson

Mother:           Ada Woodley

Died:               1970 Horsham district

Married           26/2/ 1906 Slinfold (witnessed by James Merriott, Edith Stanaway)

Spouse:           Mabel Merritt

Born:              8/1/ 1886 Billingshurst

Parents:          Edward & Lucy Merritt

Died:              10/8/1916 Slinfold

Children:         Edward Jackson born 1906 Slinfold                   

                       Robert James born 1906 Slinfold

                        Ada Annie Jackson born 1908 Slinfold

                        Edward Frank Jackson born 1909 Slinfold

                        Robert T Jackson born 1912 Horsham district


1891 census: Residing 189 Bignold Rd, Forest Gate, with father, grandmother, Ada, uncle David & his family, uncle William, aunts Emma and Harriet

Mabel living Jeans Haven, Bucks Green, Rudgwick. Father a farm labourer. Sisters Annie 12 and Rose 2; brothers James 7 and Frank 8 months

1901 census: Residing 61 Bignold Road, Forest Gate. Occupation: errand boy

Mabel residing Holmans, Park St, Slinfold. Servant to George Laurie Fogo 53 a Church of Scotland clergyman and his wife Fanny.Her parents living Salt Bax, Slinfold. Brother James a carter. More siblings -  Alfred 8, Lily 5, Amos 3 and Frederick born 1900

1906: Mabel married from Lime Kiln Cottage Slinfold

1911 census: Residing Slinfold. Operation boot clicker.

On baptism register of children boot maker

Mabelís parents Lime Kiln Cottage Slinfold. Edwardís occupation foreman in a stone quarry, son Frank working there, Alfred a domestic gardener. Ronald born 1902. They had twelve children, three deceased in 1911

1916: MI Slinfold church (E48) In Loving memory of Mabel beloved wife of Edward Jackson born January 8th 1886 died August 10th 1916 Godís finger touched her as she left


 Edward Jackson born 1906 Slinfold bapt 9/3/1906 Slinfold (private baptism) Stone Cottage, Slinfold. He died March 1906


Robert James Jackson bapt 11/12/1906 Slinfold (private baptism) Hayes Lane Slinfold. He died December 1906


 Ada Annie Jackson b 12/4/1908 Slinfold baptised 19/4/1908 Slindon from  Hayes Lane

Note 1: died 16/2/2004 married 1936 Southwark district Reginald C Winn. Children: Jeffrey Winn born 1945 Lewisham district 


Edward Frank Jackson b 1909 Slinfold baptised 20/6/1909 died 1990  Horsham district


 Robert T Jackson b 1912 Horsham district




Mabelís family: Father Edward Merritt was baptised 4/1/1852 Shipley the son of William and Mary Ann Merritt and died 1915 Horsham district. He married 1876 Lucy Wood who was born 1857 Rudgwick daughter of James and Fanny Wood and died 1932 Chichester district (age given as 77). 1881 census: residing Haven St Cottage Rudgwick. Occupation: farm labourer



Lucy Merritt born 1876 Billingshurst (bapt 28/1/1877) died 1889 Horsham district (Sept q)


Anna (Annie) Merritt baptised 19/9/1878  Billingshurst;

1901 census: Residing 9 St Georgeís Place, Brighton. General servant to William Mondelet, physician and surgeon.

A list of relatives in her brother Frederickís war record gives her details as Annie Stevens 2 Regents Hill, Western Road, Brighton.


Edith Mary Merritt baptised 24/4/1881Rudgwick died 1889 Horsham district (June q)


 James Merritt born 1883 Rudgwick baptised 22/7/1883 Billingshurst. possibly died 1964 Horsham district. Married 4/2/1911 Slinfold church Eunice Emily Turner born 1885 Hastings

Daughter of Alice Turner (1891 census gives no husband, Eunice recorded as Emily). She died 1975 Horsham district

Children:  William Scotfield Turner born 9/5/1905 Battle; Edward Janes Merritt born 13/2/1912; Alfred Richard Merritt born 1/4/1914;  Arthur F Merritt born 1915 died 1916; Charles H Merritt born 24/9/1917; 4 more children born later

1901 census: Eunice a domestic servant Hill House Farm, Stapleford Common, Handcross

1911 census was living Salt Bax Cottage with wife Eunice Emily (born 1885 Hastings) and her son William Scotford Turner born 1905 Battle. He was a delver in stone quarry.

James was conscripted 12/2/1917 in Horsham, enlisted as a driver with Royal Field Artillery and sent to Hilsea, Portsmouth. He was 5ft 4ins, good physical development, but had some vision problems. Put into B2 category, 7/8/1918 posted to No 2 Cadet School Exeter, 18/9/1918 posted to 6th Brigade A Coy Colchester. Embarked from UK 13/11/1918 for Kola peninsula, Russia as part of the NREF, arriving 27/11/1918. He returned 22/8/1919 on the SS Ulna.


 Mabel Merritt born 1885 Billingshurst;


Rose Merritt born 1888 Billingshurst died 1910 Horsham district;


Frank Merritt born 23/6/1889 Slinfold died 1977 Crawley district married 1913 Horsham district Jane Fielder born 1892 Wisborough Green daughter of William & Mary Fielder died 1969 Horsham district. 6 Children

1915 residing 9 New Cottages, Broadbridge Heath.

Frank enlisted 16/11/1915 into the 13th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. Occupation farm labourer.  He had an incomplete inguinal hernia Ďnot detrimental as packer ASCí, but should wear a truss. Classed as B2 He was on leave 8/4/1916. Sent to France 7/9/1916. 24/9/1916 suffered a gunshot wound to knee which required an operation. Given leave again 28/9/1916, returned to England 8/10/1916.

18/9/1917 transferred to 12th Royal Sussex Reginebt and sent back to France, first Etaples and then 22/9/1917 Stancourt.? . 6/11/1917 transferred to Labour Corp. 1/6/1918 he was transferred to KRR Corp, 25 Bttn and 27.7.1918 transferred to labour corp. On 1/6/1918 on a charge of drunkenness.. Demobbed 30/1/1919


 Alfred Arthur Merritt born 21/11/1892 Slinfold; Alfred Arthur Merritt died probably Horsham district 1978 married 1921 Horsham district Winifred Pelling. 6 children.

1911 census: Residing with parents. Occupation: delver in stone quarry

During WW1 in Royal Sussex Regiment L/9851


 Lily Frances Merritt born 1895 Slinfold married 1918 Horsham district William P Ross.

Children: one son born 1928 Horsham district

1911 census: housemaid Gringley Ladies School, 52 Hurst Rd, Horsham

1918:residing with her mother at Lime Kiln Cottage


Amos Peter Merritt born 31/1/1898 Slinfold died 1978 Surrey mid Eastern district married 1931 Horsham district Dorothy M Capon. Children: Dorothy L Merritt born 1936 Surrey SE district; Bruce P Merritt born 1941 Surrey SE district

In Navy World War 1


Frederick William Merritt born 1901 Slinfold . Died 27/5/1918 France, commemorated Soissons Memorial. Served in 22nd Bttn Durham Light Infantry. Notification to mother Lim Kiln Cottage, Slinfold.

Enlisted 14/6/1917 aged 18 years 1 month. Height 5ft one inch. Occupation farm labourer. Served in France from 1 April 1918. Previously had first been to 9th Training Reserve Battalion Rugeley.  First in West Riding Regiment (38752) and then Durham Light Infantry (81957)

Frederick was missing presumed dead for a number of weeks. Death confirmed by a German official list of dead


 Ronald Merritt born 26/1/1903 Slinfold

World War I in Royal Navy. Served on HMS Impregnable