9/07/1915- Completed Medical Examination Bunbury WA
15/07/1915- To No. 15 Depot Company Blackboy Hill WA as Private
16/08/1915- To 32nd Battalion ” C ” Company  WA
18/12/1915- To Overseas Training Base Egypt
23/06/1916- Disembarked Marseilles France ex Alexandria Egypt
20/07/1916- Reported MISSING  IN  ACTION  France
20/07/1916- The National Archives and Army Records , including Issue of Death Certificate , state KILLED IN ACTION near Fromelles on this date.




Service Medals Awarded

1914/15 Star – N0. 25978

British War Medal – No. 24927

Victory Medal – No. 24760

Memorial Plaque/Scroll – No. 314969












Memorial Inscriptions

VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial Fromelles France – Panel No. 6

Australian War Memorial Canberra – Panel No. 121



12/10/1916- Identity Disc for 1040- Pte. Mervyn ROSS was handed to the 6th Army Headquarters by an Intelligence Officer, who stated that the soldier had fallen in the neighbourhood of Fromelles on 19th July 1916.


4/12/1916- The following statement was recorded for informant SGT. J. PARKER-LAYCOCK,  1026 at the No. 5 General Hospital Rouen, France in respect for Pte. M. ROSS ,  1040,  32nd Battalion-  ”  This man was in the same bombing team as Informant,  who saw him killed by a bomb in the German communication sap at Fromelles on the 19th July at about 9.00 p.m..  ROSS was recommended for the D.C.M for his bravery at this action “.


Although SGT. PARKER – LAYCOCK  was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his services, there is no Official Record of Recommendation/Award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal for Mervyn Ross, as referred to in the Sergeant’s  statement of 4th December 1916.  There is every likelihood, that the chaos surrounding the Australian casualties of 5500 Men in 24 Hours at Fromelles, caused errors/omissions with paperwork.  However, descendants of Mervyn ROSS can be assured that his brave acts were observed by his Sergeant, and should have resulted in award of a DCM.


Brother of Pte. ROSS, James Robert, Service No. 4693,  48th Battalion- Killed in Action Villers Brettoneux France on 31/08/1916.


***Special Thanks to Ross Bydder for additional information on the Ross Brothers, who were his Great Uncles. Ross has James’ War Diary, in which he states that he met up with his brother Mervyn on 11 July 1916 ( 9 days before his death ).  James was then tragically lost on 31/08/1916 in battle between Mouquet Farm and Pozieres.
It is almost certain that Mervyn is one of the unidentified bodies recovered from the Mass Grave near Fromelles, awaiting positive DNA identification, prior to being interred in an official War Grave within the purpose built Pheasant Wood Cemetery, Fromelles France.***