Percy, aged 34 and a veteran of the Boer War, enlisted in January 1916, just three months after his wife Mabel died. Both Percy and his father George were stonemasons in Ross.
Percy arrived in France in June 1916, assigned to the 52nd Battalion. He received a gunshot wound to the hand in September 1916 and was shipped to hospital in England. He returned to the front in October 1917. In April 1918, he was again wounded when a shell exploded in front of the trench and buried him, and he was again shipped to England. In July 1918, he married Elsie Harris in Birmingham.
Percy, Elsie, and their baby returned to Ross in 1920. The occasion was marked by a reception in the Town Hall. Captain Riggall extended Elsie a hearty welcome, wishing that she would ‘find in her country of adoption all that her heart desired‘. She was presented with a gold brooch with regimental colours.
Percy’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.