John Eric PERCY
Rank: Acting Corporal
Number: M2/053422
Unit: No.1 Reserve Mechanised Transport Depot (Grove Park) ARMY SERVICE CORPS
Date of Death: 13 May 1917
Age: 23
Cemetery: Southern Cemetery, Manchester

The Percy family business was in pawnbroking. By the early 1900s, Eric's grandfather, John Percy had a successful business in the Chorlton area of Manchester. His son, Richard, worked in the business and lived nearby at 25 Cavendish Road with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children - Edith, 8 and the future soldier, John (always known as Eric to distinguish him from his grandfather). Richard had married Elizabeth Ann Heyworth between April and June 1891.

By the time of the Great War, Richard's family had moved to Bramhall, living at a house called "Sylvadale". They were active in the local church and, after Eric's death, the vicar wrote in the parish magazine "Eric Percy joined the army very soon after the outbreak of war and he rendered good service to his country for many months in France. The work he had to do, however, was more than his physical strength could stand. He died suddenly at Woolwiich. He will be much missed by a large number of friends who loved him because of his unfailing good nature and happy spirit."

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