Date of birth: 1876
Place of birth: Freemantle, Southampton
Service No.: 25877
Regiment / Division: Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Died: 15th July 1919 aged 43 years
Death Location: Southampton Hospital
Buried at Hollybrook Cemetery
Comments: Transferred to Labour Corps service number 93892
Life before the War
Percy was born in 1876 and baptised on 23rd April 1876 at St Mary’s Church. His parents were born in Middlesex. His father Frank was born 1848 and his mother Alice Langston, nee Lack, was born in 1850. They were married on 28th July 1873 in Southampton and had 7 children, all born in Freemantle, Southampton
Frank Lack was born on 19th July 1874 and baptised on 23rd April 1876 at St Mary’s Church. He married Louisa Jessie Kavanagh 21st February 1903 and they had seven children. Frank died on 3rd September 1939 and was buried at Hollybrook Cemetery on 6th September 1939.
Frank enlisted into the Army on 2nd February 1893, joining the Royal Field Artillery, and was discharged on 1st April 1914 after serving 21 years and having served in India, South Africa and Home.
Frank was Awarded the “Meritorious Service Medal”. His wife travelled with him. Details of his marriage and birth of their children were given.
Bertie Rupert was born 1879, died16th May 1950 and was buried 20th May 1950 at Hollybrook Cemetery. He left a Probate:
“Maffey Bertie Rupert of 170 Foundry Lane Southampton died 16 May 1950. Administration Winchester 21 July 1950 to John Edwin Maffey retired painter and Maud Lucy Maffey spinster. Effects £6694 16s”
Maud Lucy was born 1880 and died on 26th February 1952 and was also buried at Hollybrook Cemetery on 1st March 1952. Maud left a Probate:
“Maffey Maud Lucy of 170 Foundry Lane Southampton spinster died 26 February 1952. Administration Winchester 8 April 1952 to Reginald Maffey retired labourer and Reginald Maffey cooperative society canvasser. Effects £4786”
Ethel born 24th January 1883 and died on 17th February 1883.
John Edwin was born on 21st February1884 and died on 14th December 1951, buried on 19th December 1951 at Hollybrook Cemetery. John’s Probate read:
“Maffey John Edwin of 172 Foundry Lane Shirley Southampton died 14 December 1951. Administration Winchester 18 February 1952 to Matilda May Maffey widow and Frank Rupert Reginald Maffey storekeeper. Effects £2646 19s 11d”
Reginald was born in 1887 and died in 1961. He married on 5th February 1916 to Bessie Pugh and they had a daughter Ethel. Reginald enlisted on 31st March 1916 at Winchester into the Royal Field Artillery, as a private, service number 150332. Reginald served in France. He was demobilised on 4th October 1919. He gave details of his marriage and birth of his daughter and his address as 3 English Road, Millbrook. Reginald was awarded the British Service and Victory Medals.
Alice Langston was born on 13th September 1889 and died in 1894. She was buried on 11th September 1894.
The 1881 census shows the family living at Park Road, Millbrook. Frank was working as a Decorator. In the census of 1891 the family were living at 51 Wellington Road, Millbrook. Frank was still a Decorator and an employer. Frank junior was working as a Bricklayer.
Percy’s father died in 1895, and was buried on 23rd February 1895 in Hollybrook Cemetary.
In the 1901 census Alice was registered as a widow and living at 63 Wellington Road. It states she is “living on her own means”. Frank junior was registered as a patient at Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot Military in Stanhope and Wellington Lines, Aldershot. He was a Bombardier with the Royal Artillery.
Percy and Reginald were Gardeners, Bertie a Contractor’s Foreman, Maud a Housemaid Domestic and John a Plumber’s Mate.
In the 1911 census Alice was living at “Horton Villa”, Foundry Lane. Percy and John were employed as House Painters, while Bertie and Reginald were working for a Coal Merchant’s as Car men.
Alice died and was buried on 6th December 1926 at Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton.
Percy served with the Duke of Cornwall, service number 25877, and the Labour Corps with the rank of Private, service number 93892. He enlisted on 27th March 1916 in Winchester. He gave his employment prior to enlisting as Painter and Paper Layer; his address as “Horton Villa”, Foundry Lane, Southampton. He was posted to France on 8th May 1916.
Percy was admitted to hospital while on 28 days demobilisation leave. His medical history sheet states “inflammation of lymphatic glands of neck”. His date of disability was claimed to be in the second week of February and occurred in France. The report carries on to say “Patient states that he first noticed the swelling after a chill he got in France, causing stiffness of his neck. It has gradually increased. The hoarseness has come on gradually. During the last week he has complained of pain behind the right ear. Admitted to University Hospital, Southampton on 12th March 1919 for a small portion to be removed for examination. On 24th March 1919 – growth is increasing and spreading rapidly. Is probably a malignant disease. 24th March 1919 – cutaneous nodule removed for examination. No further operation advised as he will gradually get worse”. Percy was discharged as permanently unfit on 31st March 1919.
Percy died from lympho sarcoma of the neck on 15th July 1919 and was buried at Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton.
The British Service and Victory Medals.
Researched by Becky Lonergan 2013.