|Date of birth:||1891|
|Place of birth:||Birmingham|
|Battalion:||23rd (1st Sportsman’s)|
|Rank / Service No:||Corporal, STK/1998|
|Died:||13th November 1916, aged 25 years|
|Buried:||Redan Ridge Cemetery No. 1, Beaumont-Hamel, France (A.16)|
Percy was the second of 3 siblings born to George Lingard and Caroline Burrington (nee Eveleigh), who married in Exeter on 23 December 1884.
George was born in Exeter in 1862 and he died in Southampton in 1914. Caroline was born in Devon in 1862 and she passed away in Surrey in 1937.
The family lived at 56 Bevois Street.
Ethel Lucy b. 1887 Exeter d. 1957 Croydon Married John Arthur Matcham in Southampton in 1909.
Horace Francis b. 1889 Exeter d. 3 May 1918 France Married Mary Pearl in Leederville, Western Australia in 1914. Horace enlisted in the 48th Battalion Australian Infantry of the Australian Imperial Force on 29 April 1917 (Private, 4306).
At the time Mary and he were living in Bunbury, W.A
He is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France, which commemorates all Australian servicemen who died in France and Flanders during WW1. Graves are still being discovered…the memorial originally had 10,982 names on it, it now has approx. 10,740.
The 23rd Battalion was originally formed at the Hotel Cecil in the Strand, on 25 September 1914, by Mrs E. Cunliffe-Owen.
Initially known as the “Hard as Nails Battalion”, it soon moved to Hornchurch and came under the command of the 99th Brigade in the 33rd Division.
They landed at Boulogne in November 1915 and were transferred with the Brigade to the 2nd Division on 25 November.
The village of Beaumont-Hamel was held by the Germans, strongly fortified and seen as impregnable. An attack was originally planned for 24 October 1916, but appalling weather delayed it until 13 November.
A huge mine was detonated near the German lines, but the advancing troops still met stout resistance.
Casualties were heavy…19 of Percy’s regimental colleagues also lost their lives that day.
|Published:||23rd June 2016|
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