My own guess was thinking Henry changed his name to hide he'd been in prison; when he was awol for one day, it was clear what was coming up next----keeping out of prison. Was surprised the truth had been kept secret for so long in the family and such an apparent mystery.
And Gt aunt Doreen says Henry always signed/ used his correct first name of Richard; when he gets married in 1938 at long last, he states his name as Henry and on this occasion, Richard has been left off the record. It also makes you wonder about the two witnesses (Byrne/Chapman) on the marriage certificate; was his first or middle name really Richard? I'm beginning to think it wasn't with his birth, the 1911 Census,1915 army enlistment, and his marriage certificate omitting it, though his 1974 death record entry does read Richard Henry M. Carter. And what does his now initial M stand for? Presumably Mercer showing his real and alias names now combined? When his wife had died earlier, she too had Mercer added to her name on her death certificate.
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