Unable to access Soldiers File on National Archives. Ref No. quoted on www.aif.adfa.edu.au ; is NAA: B2455 Number- 8005424. Surname was spelt incorrectly on Embarkation Roll.
Reason for interest in PARKER-LAYOCK is in his statement dated 4/12/1916 at No. 5 General Hospital, Rouen France in relation to ROSS, Mervyn Pte. S/N 1040, when he stated that ROSS had been killed at Fromelles on 19th July at about 9.00pm. He also stated that ROSS was recommended for the D.C.M for his bravery in this action.
The remains of ROSS are known ( I.D. disc located ) to be amongst those exhumed from the Mass Grave at Pheasant Wood. Many of his 32nd Battalion mates have been positively identified, included other friends of his from the South West of Western Australia. Unfortunately, due to lack of a female direct family line member, Mervyn ROSS has not been formerly identified by DNA.
I am in contact with a Great Nephew of Mervyn ROSS, who feels it is double jeopardy that he can't be DNA identified and also was never awarded the DCM as recommended by Sgt. PARKER - LAYOCK.
Can anyone advise potential avenues for the ROSS descendants to gain DNA positivity and have posthumous DCM awarded.
I am the author of www.anzacheroes.com.au and have recently gained approval for an additional 7 First World War soldiers ( KIA overseas ) names to be inscribed on an updated War Memorial in Dardanup, WA, just South of Bunbury. Pte. Mervyn ROSS will be finally recognized in his home District, albeit more than 100 years since his Death.
Trust someone may be able to assist me to resolve these issues.
MILITARY HISTORY RESEARCHER.