Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – September 1916.

Percy Albert Edwards is commemorated on the war memorial at Christchurch Park, Ipswich under the surname HOOD.

This may be due to his aunt registering him alongside her two sons (Hood) which may have caused the mistake.


Recorded at birth – ALBERT PERCIVAL TREW, son of Ada Purvis Trew, a domestic servant.


Born: 18th June 1894, 22, Brindley Street, Paddington, London.

Baptised: ALBERT PERCY TREW, on the 13th September 1896, at St. Paul’s Church, Paddington. Son of Ada Purvis Trew, a general servant, of 16, Brindley Street, Paddington.

Died: 17th August 1916; age: 22; KiA.

NEWS WANTED – In September 1916, Percy’s Aunt Mrs. Edith Hood, of 22, Melville Road, Ipswich, submitted Percy’s photograph to the local newspapers anxiously seeking news of her nephew who had been reported missing. She had last heard from Percy on the 11th August 1916.

Residence: 22, Melville Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Printer at Sparks & Co., Caxton Printing Works, St. Nicholas Street, Ipswich.

First Enlistment: Location: Ipswich; Date: 18th March 1912; age: 17 years & 8 months. Height: 5 ft 5 ins, fair complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. Next of Kin: Aunts– Mrs. Lilian Helen Trew (nee McKenzie (1st marriage Richards)), husband of Augustus Alfred Trew, landlord and landlady of the Miller’s Arms, 93 – 95, Crown Street, Ipswich and Mrs. Edith Helen Hood, husband of William Hood, of 208, Rose Hill Road, Ipswich (later of 22, Melville Road, Ipswich).


R.A.M.C., E.A.F.A. Camp Worthing – 28th July 1912 – 11th August 1912.

Transferred in July 1913 to the Bedfordshire Regiment.

Shonecliffe – 27th July 1913 – 10th August 1913.



21st January 1915, at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk – intended to live in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. Percy had served 2 years & 316 days. Character – Very Good. Discharged – no longer physically fit for active service – defective vision – Myopia – severe and permanent.

Date of Entry Therein: 25th November 1915 – France.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 18899.

Regiment: Northamptonshire Regiment, 7th Battalion.

Formerly – Private, 1527, for the Royal Army Medical Corps, East Anglain Field Ambulance. Transferred in July 1913 – Private, 3111, for the Bedfordshire Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 11A and 11D,

Thiepval Memorial,







1901   41, Brindley Street, St. Mary’s, Paddington, London.


Percy’s surname was now Edwards he was 6 years old and living with his adoptive parents and siblings.

William James Edwards, 38, a General Labourer, born London.

Elizabeth Ann Edwards (nee Fielder), 34, born Paddington.

Ellen Matilda Edwards, 10, born Paddington.

William James Stephen Edwards, 1, born Paddington.

and a two year old visitor, Lilian Mary Steer.


1911   208, Rose Hill Road, Ipswich.


Percy was 16 years old, a Printer for a Compositor – Harry Walters Sparks & Co. He was recorded with the surname Trew and lived with his maternal aunt, uncle, and cousins.

William Hood, 46, General Iron Moulder – Foundry, born St. Mary Stoke, Ipswich.

Edith Helen Hood (nee Trew), 38, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

William Frank Hood, 18, a Pawnbroker’s Assistant, born St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Alfred Cecil Hood, 13, born St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Edith Purvis May Hood, 9, born St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Cyril Edward Hood, 7, born St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Reginald Ernest Hood, 5, born St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Frederick Harold Purvis Hood, 11 months, born St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

sister-in-law to his uncle Priscilla Bongartz, 43, born St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.


Percy’s mother, Ada Purvis Trew was born in 1874, Ipswich – daughter of Alfred Trew, a builder – own account and employer, and Jane Trew (nee Purvis), of Ipswich. On the 1901 census, Ada was living at Flat 4, 30, Marlborough Mansion, Hampstead, with 61 year old, John Lock, a stockbroker – own account, born 1839, Barnstaple, Devonshire.

In June 1901, at St. John’s Church, Church Row, Hampstead, 27 year old, Ada Trew married 62 year old, bachelor, John Lock. They had one son John Trew Lock, born 1903, Hampstead.

On the 1911 census, 36 year old, Ada Lock, 71 year old, John Lock and their son 7 year old son, John was living at their family home and business premises – 27, Ethelbert Crescent, Margate, Kent, where John and Ada were lodging housekeepers with two live-in female servants.


Soldiers’ Effects to Edith Helen Hood – maternal aunt and legatee guardian, of 208, Rose Hill Road, Ipswich.



Northamptonshire Regiment, 7th Battalion 

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