Percy Albert Waight

Date of birth:                     1889
Place of birth:                    Southampton
Service No.:                       22383
Rank:                                     Private
Regiment / Division:      Hampshire Regiment
Battalion:                            1st Battalion
Died:                                      22nd August 1917 aged 28 years
Death Location:                France

Life before the War
The birth indexes show that he was registered as Albert Percy but throughout all legal documents (apart from the 1911 census where he was shown as Albert), he is known as Percy.  Born 1889 in Southampton Percy’s parents were Henry, born 1845 and Mary Jane, nee Skaines, born 1854.  They were married in 1880.

Percy’s siblings were Amelia Ann 1869, Mary Jane 1882, Henry Robert 1884 and Ernest George 1887, all born in Southampton.

In 1881 Henry senior, wife Mary Jane and daughter Amelia Ann (possible child from a previous marriage) were living at 9 Spa Gardens, All Saints, Southampton.  They were still living at the same address in the 1901 census, though Henry was now a widower as his wife had died in 1898.  Percy’s father Henry was a Printer Compositor, sister Mary a Housekeeper, brother Ernest a Baker’s Assistant and brother Henry a Fruiterer’s Assistant.

By 1911 Henry senior and Henry junior were living at 66 College Street, Southampton.  Henry was still a Printer’s Compositor and Henry junior was General Labourer.  Also in the household was Mary Jane who was married to Walter John Joyce.  Ernest was living at 34 Pine Road, Winton, Bournemouth with his wife Lucy George and their son Herbert George.  Ernest was a Window Cleaner.

War Service
Percy enlisted in Bournemouth into the Hampshire Regiment, 1st Battalion as a Private, service number 22383.  His next of kin was his brother Henry R Waight of 66 College Street, Southampton.

He was killed in action on 22nd August 1917 in France.  He is Remembered with Honour at the Happy Valley British Cemetery, Fampoux, France.

He was entitled to the British Service and Victory Medals.

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