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2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, attached 2nd Battalion.

Killed in action on Thursday 11th March 1915 at Neuve Chapelle, age 24.

Remembered on Le Touret Memorial, France.

Former student of Geology.


 

Percy was born on 12th June 1890 at Middlewich, Cheshire to Charles Percy Lees, a Justice of the Peace, and his wife Anna Madeline. He was educated at Magdalen College School (1900-1903) and Wellington College. He gained a bronze medal for Assaying in the City and Guilds competition and took a degree at Camborne Mining School. He entered Victoria University of Manchester in 1912 as an Honours student in the School of Geology. He played in the Camborne Rugby XV, and was a member of the University Officer Training Corps from October to 1912 to September 1913.

When war broke out Percy was a geologist’s assistant to a Dr. Bell in Canada. He quickly returned to his parent’s home in Oundle and joined the Northamptonshire Regiment. He went to France on 1st March 1915 and was killed less than two weeks later on 11th March while leading ‘B’ Company of the battalion in an attack at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. His father was commander of the 3rd Battalion Cheshire Regiment at the time.