Uptodat Posted 24 June , 2019 Share Posted 24 June , 2019 Known as Percy, he was born in Husborne Crawley, near Woburn, Bedfordshire, in 1885, was, like his father, an agricultural labourer before he joined Northamptonshire County Constabulary in 1910. He enlisted in the RAMC in 1915, was promoted to Sergeant in November that year, and married Phoebe Maria Kemp. They had 2 daughters born in 1917 & 1920. The 103rd Field Ambulance was in the 34th Division, which did not cross to France until January 1916. The 103rd F.A. dealt with casualties from the Somme in July/August 1916, during which 6 of its own men were killed in action or died of wounds. In 1917 it will have dealt with casualties from the Arras Offensive and the Third Battles of Ypres, and in 1918 with casualties from the Ypres Sector. While temporarily attached to 102nd Field Ambulance, Percy was recommended for the Military medal for his actions around 11/4/1918, near Bailleul, France during the German Operation Georgette, part of the Spring Offensive. That was a desperate time for the British Army which fell back with heavy casualties, & when the “Backs to the Wall” order was issued by Haig. Percy returned to policing in January 1919, and in 1925 was the Constable in the village of Flore, living in a police house with his family, when he was suddenly taken ill and died of heart failure. His widow was required to vacate the police house at short notice; she received a small pension and their daughters were placed in the Police Orphanage at Redhill. Percy had never spoken at home about the war; obituaries didn't mention his Military Medal & the Constabulary were seemingly unaware of it. His widow, who died in 1963, never spoke to her daughters about his war service either, but a number of photographs & documents have been preserved by his family who agree to sharing images of them here. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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