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World War One

Percy Eddy

DIED OF WOUNDS - 30th SEPTEMBER 1916 - AGED 19


Percy Eddy - Grave registration document

Percy Eddy - Grave registration document

 

BORN IN CLOPHILL IN 1897.

PRIVATE 8083. 2ND (CITY OF LONDON) BATTALION ROYAL FUSILIERS. (FORMERLY 4862 5TH BATTALION BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT)

ENLISTED IN BEDFORD.

COMMEMORATED IN GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

Percy's rank is given as drummer in the London regiment on the British Military Database.

In 1911 Percy lived with his parents and 3 of his siblings at 1 Old Silsoe Road, Clophill. He was still at school. His parents were Daniel and Priscilla. Daniel was a farm labourer. In the census his parents stated that they had had 6 children all of whom had survived.At the time of Percy's death his mother had died. His father had lived in Clophill at least from 1861 to the time of Percy's death. He had lived in Back Street, Church Lane and from 1891 Silsoe Road.

It could be that Percy and Ernest, also named on our memorial, were 1st cousins.


The Battalion was sent to France in March 1916, sailing to Marseilles and travelling by train to concentrate in the area east of Pont Remy by the end of March. In July they went into action in the Battles of the Somme. The Battalion had previously been involved in heavy fighting at Gallipoli.

Grove Town Cemetery

In September 1916, the 34th and 2/2nd London Casualty Clearing Stations were established at Grove Town, as it was known to the troops, to deal with casualties from the Somme battlefields. The Cemetery contains 1,395 First World War burials. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.