Image from 1919 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1897, Bow, London.

Died: 13th October 1918; age 20; KiA.

Residence: 45, Clifford Road, Ipswich.

Employed: as a Shop Assistant at George Mence Smith’s, Westgate Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank:Private; Service Number: S/43657.

Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders, 1st/5th Battalion.

Formerly S/E 20791, Army Veterinary Corps, and 9208, London Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Avesnes-Le-Sec-Communal Cemetery Extension,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Rosa Figg (formerly Hembury), of 45, Clifford Road, & the late Joseph Hembury, Ipswich.




1901   23, Swinnerton Street, Hackney, London.


Percy was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Joseph Henry Hembury, 35, a Glass Beveller, born St. Luke’s, London.

Rosa Hembury (nee Smith), 35, born Ipswich.

Mabel Lilian Hembury, 10, born 110, Broke Road, Dalston, London.

Joseph Percy Hembury, 8, born 9, Lavender Place, Queens Road, Dalston, London.

Frederick James Hembury, 6, born Dalston, London.


1911   45, Clifford Road, Ipswich.


Percy was 13 years old, an Office Boy. He was living with his mother, siblings, step father & step sister.

Richard Henry G. Figg, 29, a foundry Labourer – Iron Works, born Forest Gate, Essex.

Rosa Figg, 41.

Mabel, 20, a General Domestic Servant.

Joseph, 18, a French Polisher – Chair Works.

Frederick, 16, a machine Moulder – Iron Works.

George Stanley Hembury, 9, born Hackney, London.

Rosa Louisa Figg, 2, born Hackney, London.

step Sister Rosa Louisa Figg

(Images courtesy of Chrissie Cordery)

Joseph Percy Hembury with his daughter Gloria.

Percy’s father Joseph Henry Hembury died, 1906, Edmonton. A Glass Beveller – It was a very laborious, time consuming and very noisy job with the huge belt driven polishing machines and running all day long. A glass beveller did not have a good or long life expectancy being constantly exposed to silica dust, wet and damp conditions and noise.


Soldiers’ Effects’ to Rosa Figg – mother.

Seaforth Highlanders, 1st/5th Battalion:




  • George Stanley Hembury was my grandfather he lived at 20 Bassett Road, Barton, Oxford until his death in 1977

  • Rosa Louisa Figg was my grandmother she lived in Ipswich my mother was her only child.


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