Percy Whitehead (c.1887-1915)

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Percy Whitehead

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

WHITEHEAD, PERCY. Sergeant. No 7610. 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Linthwaite. Son of George and Minnie Whitehead: Was married on Easter Monday, 1914, to Priscilla Whitehead, and lived West Mount, Linthwaite. Employed in the finishing department of Messrs Mallinsons, Spring Grove Mills, Linthwaite. Was a Reservist and had served six years in India, where he attained the rank of Lance Corporal. He had also fought in the Boer War. Recalled to the Colours on 5.8.1914 and sailed for France on 14.8.1914. After a brief rest, his Regiment had a two days march and then went straight into action at Mons. Was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on 23.11.1914 and was also in the fighting at the Aisne, Festubert, Ypres and La Bassee. During the winter he did duty in the trenches. During the last week in February he was granted a brief home leave where he saw his baby daughter, born eight weeks previously, for the first time. Killed in action in the attack on Hill 60 on 18.4.1915, aged 27. Has no known grave. Commemorated MENIN GATE MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
ROH:- Linthwaite War Memorial; Golcar Baptist Church.

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