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Lieutenant, M.C., 1st East Lancashire Field Company, Royal Engineers.

Died of wounds received at Gallipoli on Monday 14th June 1915, age 21.

Buried at East Mudros Military Cemetery, Greece, grave reference. I. C. 73.

Former student of electrical engineering.


 

Oscar was born in December 1893 to Henry Percy, a farmer and army captain, and Katherine Livingstone Taunton, of Redlynch, Salisbury. He was educated at Lindley Lodge and Charterhouse, at the latter he was a member of the Officer Training Corps.

With a term time address in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Oscar enrolled in 1910-11 on a 1st Year General Course at The Tech, and followed this up in the next session studying Electrical Engineering. He was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in June 1913. His unit went to Egypt in September 1914 and he became a Lieutenant in January 1915. In April 1915 he proceeded to the Gallipoli peninsula.

Oscar was awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) : “For conspicuous gallantry on June 4th, 1915, during operations South of Krithia, Dardanelles, when he held back the enemy from advancing along a trench on the left flank, which was much exposed. By means of bombs and hand grenades he personally held his position for over two hours. He picked up several of the enemy’s bombs and threw them back before they exploded.”