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|Date of Birth||c1874|
|Place of Birth||Cape Town, South Africa|
|Death||18 May 1965, aged 91|
|Place of Death||Hollywood Repat Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||40 years, 6 months|
5'8¼" (1.73m) tall ; 138lbs|
62.596 kg; fair complexion ; grey and blue eyes ; fair hair ; tattoos to both forearms
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Lacey street, East Cannington, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Ellen Goodall|
|Date of Enlistment||28 Jun 1915|
|Unit/Formation||32nd Battalion, D Company|
|Date of Embarkation||24 Nov 1915 ‒ 18 Dec 1915|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A13 Katuna|
|Date of Return||13 Feb 1917 ‒ 12 Apr 1917|
|Ship Returned On||HMAT A38 Ulysses|
Wounded in action 20 Jul 1916 Fromelles |
Returned to Australia
|Monument||Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll|
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
Electoral Roll entry: 1910 Lacey street, East Cannington, letter carrier.
In 1915 Percy married Ellen Matilda Bollingbroke.
Entered camp on 28 Jun 1915 and initially allocated to the 3rd reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion, but on 16 Aug 1915 reallocated to the newly formed 32nd Battalion's 'C' Company. They travelled initially to Egypt, where after further training they embarked 17 Jun 1916 aboard the HMT Transylvania at Alexandria for Marseilles, arriving on 23 Jun 1916.
In France they travelled to the battlefields in northern France over several days in cattle railway wagons. On 20 Jun 1916 the 32nd Battalion, as part of the 5th Australian Division was involved in what became known as the Battle for Fromelles in which the Australians suffered very heavy casualties. The 32nd Battalion's casualties alone numbered 71 Killed, 375 Wounded, and 219 men missing in action. Percy was one of many injured with "Shell Shock".
Seen initially by the 8th Australian Field Ambulance on 21 Jul 1916, he was sent back to the 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station who placed him aboard Ambulance Train No.18 the next day (22 Jul 1916). In Wimereux Percy was admitted to Lady Hadfield's Anglo-American (5th British Red Cross) Hospital on 22 Jul 1916 before being sent to Boulogne to board HS Jan Breydel for England.
In England Percy was admitted to the Ontario Military Hospital at Orpington in Kent for treatment on 28 Jul 1916. Released to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital on 10 Oct 1916, he was discharged on 23 Oct 1916 to a Command Depot in Weymouth to prepare for a return to Australia.
Discharged by the 5th Military District on 4 Jul 1917.
Electoral Roll entries: 1921 - 1931 Lacey street, East Cannington, letter carrier; 1936 - 1963 at 51 Henry street, East Cannington, plasterer