Percy HASSALL
Rank: Private
Number: T4/219932
Unit: N Siege Park Army Service Corps (attached XIII Corps Heavy Artillery)
Date of Death: 9 November 1918
Age: 32
Cemetery: Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

In the autumn of 1883, 23 year old Simeon Hassall, a letterpress printer, married Prudence Crowder. The marriage was registered in Chorlton - then a separate local authority area, but now part of Manchester. They would have three children. Lily was born about 1885, Percy a couple of years later and Albert in about 1893. Prudence died, aged 42, in 1896.

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family was living at 139 Hall Street, Stockport. Percy's grandfather, Peter Hassall, 81, was living with them. Hannah Barber, a 42 year old widow, was also living there and was recorded as being a housekeeper. Percy, then aged 14, was already working as an errand boy.

At some point, Percy moved away from Stockport and went to live in Birmingham and he enlisted into the army in that city. The prefix "T4" in his service number indicates that his unit was a horse transport company of the Army Service Corps. Siege Parks were ammunition dumps for the heavy artillery and Percy would have been involved in supplies work or in moving the ammunition to the guns, perhaps driving a horse-drawn wagon.

The publication "Soldiers Died in the Great War", published in the 1920s, records that Percy "died". This designation usually means died of natural causes or an accident unconnected with military service. The cemetery where he is buried was used by several battlefield medical facilities (Casualty Clearing Stations). It is possible that he succumbed to the influenza epidemic of 1918 which claimed millions of lives worldwide.

When the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information, in the early 1920s, Simeon was living at 67 Banks Lane, Stockport.

   
           
   
     
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