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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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Pte 37863 Percy Audley

  • Age: 26
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: 13th KLR
  • Died on Wednesday 18th September 1918
  • Commemorated at: Hermies Hill Bc
    Panel Ref: I.G.10
Percy Audley was born in Liverpool on 18th December 1891, the sixth son of George Walton Audley and his wife Elizabeth (née Ferguson). His father, from Devon, and his mother, from Glasgow, married in Liverpool in 1881 and had eleven children, all of whom survived to adulthood.  Percy had older brothers George, William, Alexander, Bertie, and Herbert, and younger siblings Lilly, Albert, May, Gertie, and Ethel.  His birthdate comes from his school record, but birth registrations have not been found for Percy or a number of the children.
Percy attended Webster Road School and St. Saviour’s, Falkner Square, the family’s residence then 33 Orphan Street.
In 1901 the family, with ten children, is living at 33 Orphan Street, Abercromby, Liverpool. His father is a general labourer (iron), Percy is 9.
Unfortunately, neither Percy, nor siblings Herbert, Lily or Albert have been found on the 1911 census, nor does he appear on crew lists.  His parents are living with youngest daughters May, Gertie, and Ethel at 64 Ronald Street, Old Swan.  His father, 53, is an iron worker, and his mother is 49.
His father died in August 1915.
Percy enlisted as Private 37863, 19th Bn King’s Liverpool Regiment.  According to SDGW, Percy enlisted in Seaford, Lancashire, but this is most likely Seaforth.  Based on the amount of the War Gratuity, he enlisted in about May 1916.
His name appeared in the list of K.L.R. Wounded published in the Liverpool Echo on 10th September 1917, during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).

At some point, most likely after recuperating from hois wounds, he was transferred to the 13th Bn K.L.R. and was killed in action on 18th September 1918.  
Percy now rests at Hermies Hill British Cemetery (between Bapaume and Cambrai) where he shares a gravestone with Pte 91314 G.J. Woodley, 13th Bn, killed on the same date.
Percy was the second loss the family suffered during the war.  His brother Herbert served in the R.A.S.C. and 1/5th West Yorks and was killed in action eleven months before Percy, on 10th October 1917, aged 27.  He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, Flanders.  The newspaper notice placed by his family states that he had four brothers serving in France.  His eldest brother George served in the Regular Army in the Loyal North Lancs Regiment and was discharged with a Silver War Badge in June 1916.
The pension card in the name of his mother at 18 Wenham Street, Edge Lane, shows that she was awarded a combined pension of 13/- a week for both sons. She received Percy’s Army effects, including a War Gratuity of £11.  
His mother appears to have died in the 1930s.
Herbert is commemorated on the 1/5 and 2/5 West Yorkshire Regiment Memorial, York, but sadly Percy has not been found on any memorial.