Percival, William

Sergeant, William Percival, EYR (1873-1915)

Sergeant William Percival (1873-1915) of Beverley

William Percival was born in Manchester in 1873, one of eight children born to Thomas and Mary Percival. In 1891 he enlisted and became a regular soldier and served in the 2nd Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment. Whilst stationed at Victoria Barracks, Beverley, he married a Beverley girl, Florence Gertrude Firth, in 1895.

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Husband of Ethel Mary Percival, of 12, Oakhill St., Cheetham Hill, Manchester. Served 21 years with the East Yorkshire Regiment, also served in the South African War.

During WW1 William served with the 9th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers.

The attack on the Helles front from 6 to 13 August 1915 was a fiercely fought battle with many casualties on both sides. One of those casualties was William Percival who died on 7 August, 1915.

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HELLES MEMORIAL Panel 59 to 73 or 218 to 219. Turkey (including Gallipoli)
12, Oakhill Street., Cheetham Hill, Manchester, UK