Merewether joined the Rifle Brigade and in 1916 was a temporary Captain. He was
killed in action 15th September 1916, aged 34 and has no known grave and is
remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. Over 90% of those commemorated died
between July and November 1916. The memorial also serves as an Anglo-French
Battle Memorial in recognition of the joint nature of the 1916 offensive and a
small cemetery containing equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves lies
at the foot of the memorial. The memorial, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was
built between 1928 and 1932 and unveiled by the Prince of Wales, in the
presence of the President of France, on 31 July 1932. John was the son of
Walton L. Merewether (Barrister at Law), and Mary R. Merewether, of 294, Jersey
Rd., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Source The Tablet, The International Catholic news weekly.
Alworth Merewether, Rifle Brigade, only son of Mrs. Walton Merewether, of
Stock, Essex, and the late Walton L. Merewether, of Sydney, N.S.W., and the
grandson of the late Henry Alworth Merewether, Q.C., of Bowden Hill,
Chippenham, Wilts; fell in action on September 15, at the age of thirty years.
He was educated at Beaumont and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he gained his
colours for all sports and took an honours degree in Jurisprudence. In
February, 1915, he joined the Camel Corps on the Suez Canal, and in March left
Nimieh, Upper Egypt, where he had been in the firm of Messrs. John Peel &
Co. since 1905. In March, 1915, he got a commission in the Rifle Brigade, and
from September, 1915, to February, 1916, was in the Ypres salient.#