Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury 1916
Born: 11th September 1897, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.
Died: 18th August 1916; age 19; KiA.
Residence: 548, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 1916
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
1901 2, Sparrows Cottage, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.
Percy was 3 years old and living with his grandparents, uncles & aunt.
William Winter Wyatt, 58, a Blacksmith – own account, born Leiston, Suffolk.
Maria Wyatt (nee Daniels), 57, born Rendlesham, Suffolk.
Ernest John Wyatt, 18, born Leiston.
Clara Ellen Wyatt, 13, born Middleton, Suffolk.
1911 548, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.
Percy was 13 years old and living with his grandparents, aunt & uncle.
William, 62, a Blacksmith – own account.
Edward, 28, a Plough Fitter – Iron Foundry.
Clara, 23, a Dressmaker – Costume Maker.
Percy’s grandfather, William Winter Wyatt died 1915, Ipswich. His grandmother, Maria Wyatt died 1917, Ipswich.
Mother: Bertha Wyatt, born 1875, Leiston, Suffolk. In 1900, Ipswich, Bertha married George Frederick Grimwood, born 1876, Ipswich. A Dairyman – own account. They had 2 daughters and made their family home at 98, Hatfield Road, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Maria Wyatt – grandmother, and later to Bertha Grimwood (husband of George Frederick Grimwood) – mother.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion
Suffolk Regiment records show:
4th Btn. On the 18th, not long before zero hour, captain H.F. Ling was wounded, and still later, Lieut. R.D. Hume, M.C., entailing important changes in command at the last moment. Captain Ling remained in the trenches until the attack was over. Neither of the battalions on the right and left was able to make much progress. The 4th Battalion, in the centre, pushed forward. For a time two of our companies occupied Wood Lane trench, but being unsupported, and 2nd Lieut. Bedwell (the only officer to reach the trench) having been killed, it was impossible to hold on. However, considering that the battalion has attacked after four days in the front line, it was justly pleased with its work. A rough night followed, during which the battalion was relieved. Early next morning they moved to Fricourt Wood, and at sundown proceeded to a camp north-east of Meaulte, near Albert Road. The casualties on August 18th were as follows – Killed: 2nd Lieuts. V.L.S. Bedwell, H.C. Pawsey, and E. Norton, and 33 other ranks. Wounded: Captain H.F.Ling; 2nd Lieut. N.E. Suttle, and 108 other ranks. Missing: 50 other ranks. Total, 196. The 2nd battalion were seeing action at Cochrane Alley. The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914 – 1927 by Lieut.-Colonel C.C.R. Murphy (late the Suffolk Regiment)