Report in the Chester Chronicle 3 March 1917 regarding the death of John Mercer
"DEATH OF MR. JOHN MERCER. - The sad news arrived on Thursday last from the War Office that Mr. H. Mercer's youngest son, John, had died. About three weeks ago he was drafted abroad with the South Wales Border Regiment. For some years he was with Mrs. Latham, The Cross, and subsequently became manager for Mr. Wardle, of Sandbach, with whom he was employed when he was called up. Soon after taking up his residence in Sandbach he married Miss Latham, oldest daughter of Mrs. Latham, of Malpas. Deceased was 36 years of age. Deep sympathy is expressed with Mr. and Mrs. H. Mercer and family.
PTE. JOHN MERCER DIES AT SEA. - We regret to record that Pte. John Mercer, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mercer, who was attached to the South Wales Borderers, is reported to have died at sea on the 13th ult., while on his way with a detachment of his regiment to India. He joined up last year and was in training at Kinmel Park. He was 36 years of age. He served his time with the late Mr. Morgan as draper, and then passed into the service of Mrs. R. Latham, of Malpas, whose eldest daughter he subsequently married, settling down in Sandbach as manager to Mr. Wardle. Here, as in Malpas, he won general esteem, and his untimely death is much regretted among a wide circle of friends. He was a keen horticulturist and exhibitor."
Chester Chronicle 3 March 1917