Jesse was born in Wordsley in 1871, the son of Thomas and Ellen Merrick. He married Amy Crowe in Aston on 22 February 1897, and they had a daughter, Jessie Amy-May, later that year. By 1901 he was living at 104 Owen Road, Wolverhampton, together with his wife, and daughter. Jesse was a sewing machine agent.
In March 1915, Jesse enlisted with the 4th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment at Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire (number 21987). He proceeded to the Dardanelles in July that year, first serving in the Balkans from 24 July 1915. On 6 August 1915, he was reported as missing at Gallipoli, and by 2 March 1916, it was reported in the Express & Star that he was presumed to be dead. His address by this date was at Finchfield. According to the newspaper report, Jesse was a widower, but I have been unable to confirm details of his wife’s death. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.