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Serjeant 8047, 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

Killed in action 1st July 1916, age 35.

Remembered in the Thiepval Memorial.

Former student of concrete technology and surveying.


 

Percy was born in 1881 at Colchester, Essex, the son of Charles W. and Annie E. Amos. He moved to Rochdale, Lancashire on leaving school to work for Thomas Robinson & Son’s Engineering where he also lectured at Rochdale Technical School in corn milling. In 1908-09 he registered on Ferro Concrete, and Surveying courses. An engineering draughtsman by trade he was living in Flixton when the war broke out in 1914 and was by this time working for the Co-Op Wholesale Society in the Architects Department.

Percy enlisted, age 33, on 2nd September into the 17th Manchester Regiment, a pals unit, almost as soon as Kitchener called for the raising of a new volunteer army. By August 1915 he was a serjeant and serving with No. 3 Platoon. On 1st July 1916 he was with the battalion as it went “over the top”, during the successful attack by the 17th Manchester Regiment to capture Montauban, and was killed during the assault aged 35.