JOHN PERCY

 

served as PERCY WARREN.

 

Born: 1884, Bramford, Suffolk.

Died: 16th September 1916; age 32: KiA.

Date of Entry Therein: 16th January 1915 – France.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/9110

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 9th Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

 

Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 1C & 2A.

Thiepval Memorial,

Somme,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr Samuel Percy, of 3, Banker’s Square, Norwich Road, Ipswic

 

CENSUS

 

1891   5, St. James Court, Fore Hamlet, Ipswich.

 

John was 5 years old and living with his parents & brother.

Samuel Percy, 43, a Labourer, born Badwell Ash, Suffolk.

Mary Ann Percy (Warren), 41, born Badwell Ash.

James Percy, 8, born Nettlestead, Suffolk.

 

1901   4, Abbott’s Court, Stoke Street, Ipswich.

 

John was 15 years old and living with his parents, siblings & nephew.

Samuel, 53, a Marine Store Dealer – own account.

Mary Ann, 51.

James, 18, a Labourer – Oil Mill.

Alice Haddock (nee Percy), 36, a Machine Hand – Stay Factory, born Ike, Suffolk – died 1907, Ipswich.

Herbert Charles B. Haddock, 2, born Ipswich.

 

1911   No. 4, Daniel’s Court, Union Street, Ipswich.

 

John was 26, years old, a Luggage Porter – own account. He was living with his brother & sister-in-law.

James, 29, a General Labourer.

Ellen Elizabeth Percy (nee Page), 29, born Forset Gate, London.

 

John’s mother, Mary Ann Percy died 1914, Ipswich.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Samuel Percy – father.

 

COURT APPEARANCES AND CONVICTIONS

John was described as 5ft and 4 1/2ins, fresh complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. Scar left side of face and neck. Tattooed with a dot on right hand, and crossed flags and INDIA on right forearm and LOVE on left forearm. He could read and write imperfectly.

1 minor offence for malicious damage in November 1899.

At the Ipswich Borough Petty Session, on the 15th July 1901, John was charged with Sleeping Out – he was sentenced to 6 weeks’ Hard Labour.

At the Ipswich Petty Sessions, on the 10th December 1903, John was charged with stealing a pair of trousers and 1s. 2d. – 2 charges – 2 months’ and 2 months’ Hard Labour – concurrent.

Evening Star – 24th August 1905 –

HOUSEBREAKING AT IPSWICH.

At the Ipswich Court, on Thursday, 24th August 1905, John Percy, 18, of Daniel’s Court, Union Street; Noah Backhouse, 18, of Castle Street; and Edward Hewitt, 16, of Fitzroy Street, all described as labourers, were before the Mayor (J.H. Grimwade, Esq.), S.R. Anness, W.O. White, and R.D. Fraser, Esqrs., charged with breaking into a house of Mr. William Roberts, Henley Road, and stealing thereirom articles value £6.

Sergeant Frank Spendley was the first witness called, and gave evidence. On Monday last, I went to the West End Bathing-place about four o’clock. The prisoners were there, in company with other big lads, including two named Ephraim Crawford and Arnold. From Edward Hewitt’s pocket I took the head of a small axe (produced, with the handle broken off close upto the head). I said to Noah Backhouse, “What have you got in your pockets?” He replied, “I will give you all I have got,” and he handed me a plated salt cellar and a lady’s gun-metal watch. He said, “That’s all,” but I searched him and found a plated match-box and a number of cigarettes.

Sergeant Spendley detailed the conversation that took place, and produced quite a large collection of articles which he had recovered from various sources – Some given to Ephraim Crawford and Arnold, others hidden in the house where Noah lived – in a drawer, in a cupboard beneath some rags, and under a brick near the fireplace. There were plated egg-cups and pepperboxes, a brass stand, an Indian toy pair of shoes, egg spoons, a cut-glass mustard pot, a cruet stand, etc. Afterwards I went to “Waveney House,” Henley Road, and found that an entry had been made by forcing the back kitchen window. There were marks on the window which “corresponded” with the axe found on Edward Hewitt; the handle of the axe laid on the ground. I afterwards charged the prisoners with breaking and entering the house, and stealing a lady’s watch and other articles. John Percy, Noah Backhouse and Edward Hewitt replied “Yes.” On Tuesday night, I went to Percy’s house, and his brother Handed me a watch (produced). I have since shown the things to Mr. Roberts, and he has identified them all as his property. Mr. William Roberts, a tea merchant, deposed: I live at “Waveney House,” but am staying at Bawdsey. The house is shut up, but the gardener goes in every day. Last Tuesday, I went to the police-station, and saw all the articles produced, except the watch, and I identify them all as my property. In going over the house, I missed a plated egg-spoon, one salt-cellar, and quantity of cigarettes and a few cigars. The stolen goods were not all taken from one room, but from various parts of the house. I examined all the windows, and found that an entry had been made through the scullery window. There were other and better things about which might have been taken. I was last at the house on Monday morning, August 14th, and everything was then apparently right. Roughly speaking, I think the value of the things stolen is about £6.

Ephraim Crawford, of 27, Tanner’s Lane, who said he had no work, deposed; Last Monday I was in Mount Street with a boy named Arnold. We saw two of the defeandants – Noah and Edward. Noah showed me a watch and a little “stand,” and Edward a box of beads, which he gave me. I gave Arnold three “fags” for a plated pepper-box, which he had from one of the prisoners. Two of the cigarettes were given to me by Edward, and Noah also gave me two. It was down at the bathing-place that I bought the pepper-box. Ephraim went on to corroborate Sergeant Spendley’s evidence as to what took place when he spoke to the prisoners.

John Haggar, gardener, of 154, Bramford Road, said everything was safe up to Monday morning. When I went at half-past five in the afternoon, however, the garden door, which had been left locked, was undone. I saw that the kitchen window had been prized open, and then I gave information to the police.

In answer to the charge, John Percy said, “I was on the watch,” but Edward Hewitt replied to that, “He (John) came into the house when I did.” The three prisoners were committed for trail at the next Borough Quarter Sessions. Edward was allowed bail on the application of his father; three sisters came up to speak for Noah on the same point, one of them crying bitterly, and became surety for his appearance; John’s brother, James Percy came to plead for him, but was told that he must get someone else beside himself to enter into a bond for the prisoner’s appearance, in sums of £5 each.

At the Ipswich Borough Quarter Sessions, on the 19th October 1905, John was before Thomas Calthorpe Blofeld, Esq., Recorder, charged with feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of William Roberts, situate on the Henley Road, in Ipswich, and stealing therein 1 lady’s watch, 1 plated salt cellar, 4 plated egg cups, 1 cut glass salt cellar, 1 cruet stand and other articles, the property of the said William Roberts, on the 21st August 1905. John pleaded Guilty. He was sentenced to Imprisonment with Hard Labour for 4 calendar months. Date of Liberation – 17th February 1906.

Noah Backhouse, 17, was sentenced to Imprisonment with Hard Labour for 3 calendar months. Edward Hewitt, 16, sentenced to Imprisonment with Hard Labour for 3 calendar months.

At the Ipswich Borough Quarter Sessions, at Ipswich Town Hall, on the 4th June 1906, 21 year old, John, a labourer, was before The Hon. Sir Alfred Tristram Lawrence, Knight, charged with feloniously breaking and entering into the Counting House of the Great Eastern Railway Company and stealing therein a safe and £4 16s. 8d. of the goods and moneys of the said Company, at Walton, Suffolk, on the 24th May 1906. Received into custody on the 26th May 1906, on remand – committing Magistrate – Mr. J. Loder, Esq., at the Woodbridge Petty Sessions. John pleaded Guilty. He was sentenced to Imprisonment with Hard Labour for 6 months.

At the Ipswich Borough Quarter Sessions, at the Town Hall, on the 13th April 1912, 26 year old, John, a Musician was before Sir Frederick Low, K.C., M.P., Recorder, charged with feloniously stealing one shilling and elevenpence, the moneys of the Ipswich Gas Light Company, at Ipswich, on the 21st March 1912. Received into custody on the 22nd March 1912, on remand – committing Magistrate – Mr. F.W. Rands, Mayor, of Ipswich. John pleaded Guilty. He was sentenced to Imprisonment with Hard Labourer for 3 calendar months. Date of Liberation – 28th June 1912.

 

The Battle of Flers- Courcelette September 1916

 Following an attack on the 13th the 9th Battalion under heavy machine gun fire in the “Quadrilateral” sector took on a German outpost gaining 400 yards of open ground, with no further forward movement dug in. on the 15th the offensive resumed after 3 days of heavy bombardment. During the battle tanks were used.

The 9th Battalion moved forward on the 16th in support of the 9th Norfolk Regiment zero hour at 06:20 advancing an hour and a half later under heavy machine gun fire making it difficult to make any headway. At 08:30 a.m. Lieut.-Colonel Mack the commanding officer moved his headquarters to the front-line trench, while observing the attack was hit by machine gun fire and killed passing the command to his Adjutant. C.Allerton. The attack then stalled and the men dug in under now heavy German artillery. 12 officers were killed or wounded 35 ranks killed and 93 wounded. Over all the division for this battle took upwards of 3500 casualties.

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