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Private Sydney Percival

514396 1st/14th Battalion London Regiment (London Scottish)

gravestone at RushdenSon of Mr Thomas & Mrs Florence Percival

Aged 19 years

Died 24th November 1917

Commemorated on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval
Panel 11 & 12.
And in Rushden Cemetery
Grave F.265

Born, enlisted and resided at Rushden.
From the Burnt Records

He was aged 18 years, 5'9" tall, chest 35 (2" expansion), when he enlisted on 10th December 1915. He went to France on 5th March 1917.

The Rushden Echo Friday 27 July 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Solders' Thanks - The Newton Road District - 'Rushden People most Generous' - 'Rushden the Finest Place I have Lived in'

Mrs L Perkins, the secretary of the Newton-road, Robinson-road, and Pratt-road, Roll of Honour, has received further letters from the Rushden lads who are with the colours, thanking the committee for the gifts.

Pte S Percival, London Scottish: I have seen two of the boys of the Newton-road district and we all appreciate the gifts very much.

The Rushden Echo Friday 14 December 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Victim of the War - Private Sidney Percival - 'A Good Soldier Willing and Obedient'

We sincerely regret to report that Mr and Mrs T Percival, of 54 Robinson-road, Rushden, have received official news of the death in action on November 24th, of their only son, Pte Sidney Percival, of the London Scottish. The Pte Percival, who was 19 years of age, joined up in September, 1916, when barely 19 years of age. He proceeded to the Western front last March, and it was during the attack of the London Scottish on the Cambrai front that he died gloriously. Prior to enlistment the deceased soldier was in the employ of Messrs. Cunnington Bros., boot manufacturers, Rushden. On Monday morning Mr and Mrs Percival received the following appreciative letter from their son's captain: "I regret to inform you of the death of your son, who was killed on the 24th ult. He was a good soldier, ever willing and obedient, and met his death during an attack in which the Battalion was specially mentioned for its gallant conduct. I can give no better epitaph for your son than to say he was one of the worthiest members of the Battalion. With the sincerest sympathy of his officers and comrades, yours truly, J S Filshill, Captain OC - Coy."

The late Pte Percival was formerly a member of the Rushden Boy Scouts, being for four or five years a bugler in the band.

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