Percy Carey

Date of birth:                   28th August 1888
Place of birth:                 Wanstrow, Somerset
Date of marriage:           2nd quarter of 1916
Place of marriage:         Southampton
Service No.:                      214556
Rank:                                   Pioneer
Regiment / Division:     Corps of Royal Engineers
Battalion:                           4th Special Company
Died:                                     13th July 1917 aged 29 years
Death Location:               France & Flanders

Before the War
Percy was born ‘Edmund Percy’ on 22th August 1888 in Wanstrow Somerset to Frederick James (1851 – 18th May 1933) and Sarah Jane Carey (nee Summers 1854 – 1928).  They were married in Ilchester, Somerset on 25th December 1873.

Percy’s 8 siblings were:
Frederick James (16/8/1874 – 1959)
Mary Elizabeth (19/03/1876 – 1930)
Thomas (13/03/1879 – 05/03/1903)
Leophine Lily (1903/1881 – 24/04/1882)
Lily Leophine(16/02/1884 – 07/09/1970)
Albert Stanley (13/03/1885 – 19/02/1921)
Sidney Jubilee (16/02/1887 – 26/02/1965)
Gertrude Maud (10/04/1882 – 24/11/1961)

On 1901 Census Percy is living in 77 Monkton Street, Monkton Deverill, Nr Bath, with his parents and Albert, Sidney and Gertrude

On 1911 Census Percy is living at 92 Monkton Deverill, Nr Bath, with his parents and sisters Lily and Gertrude.  He is employed as a painter and his father is a bricklayer.

Percy married Harriet May Bartlett in Southampton in the second quarter of 1916 and they lived at 138 Avenue Road, Bevois Hill, Southampton.

Military History
Percy was a Pioneer in the 4th Special Company, Corps of the Royal Engineers.

He was killed in action on 13th July 1917 in France and Flanders.

A labour force was needed to maintain the roads, railways, bridges and transport during the war and battalions were created for each infantry.  These battalions would also be trained to fight. They were called Pioneers and played an important role as they maintained the guns and other weapons.

Chemical weapons, such as Chlorine Gas, were first used in World War One by Germany.  The Special Companies were set up to respond to this with the use of chemical weapons.

He was awarded the Victory medal and the British War medal

Percy is buried at Crump Trench British Cemetery, Fampoux, Pas de Calais, France.

Plot reference: II. A. 3.  This cemetery is situated south east of the village and was made between April and August 1917 (CWGC website).

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