|Date of birth:||22nd March 1896|
|Place of birth:||Wandsworth, London|
|Rank / Service No:||Rifleman, B/203217|
|Died:||23rd April 1917, aged 21 years|
|Commemorated:||Arras Memorial, France|
Percy was the third of 4 siblings born to Percival St John and Ellen Ingram (nee Sawkins-Negus), who married in Fulham on 12 September 1892.
Percival, a bicycle maker, was born in Hackney in 1872; he died in Wandsworth in 1902, aged only 30 years.
Ellen was born in Saffron Walden on 24 July 1862. After Percival’s premature death, Ellen married Francis Cecil Lainson in Southampton in 1914…Francis had been a “boarder” with Ellen in Wandsworth at the 1911 Census.
The family lived at 8 Conway Terrace in Peterboro Road in the centre of Southampton from around the 1911 Census.
Ellen passed away in Southampton on 4 July 1938.
Ellen “Helen” Elizabeth b. 8 November 1892 Brixton d. 1977 Southampton Married Frederick Thomas Hassam in Southampton in 1919.
Florence Emily b. 13 April 1894 Brixton d. 8 May 1965 Southampton Married Henry Augustus George Camfield in Southampton on 3 July 1920.
Percival St. John
Alfred William b. 23 September 1900 Wandsworth d. 1970 Southampton
As part of the 111th Brigade in the 37th Division, the 13th Rifles landed at Boulogne at the end of July 1916.
The Division took part in the Battle of Morval later in 1916, helping to capture Guedecourt.
It is known that Percy received a shrapnel wound to his face on 14 November, and was treated by the 3rd Field Ambulance at Acheux.
The 13th were in reserve with the 37th Division initially at the launch of the Battle of Arras. After initial success, the 37th moved up through the Brown Line to continue the attack.
The main aim of the 37th Division was to capture Monchy, but this suffered in the face of freezing weather.
The attack still went ahead and the town was captured at 09.00 on 10 April.
Percy probably perished during the many German counter-attacks.
The Memorial commemorates the almost 35,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the Arras sector between Spring 1916 and 7th August 1918, and have no known grave.
|Published:||3rd October 2016|
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