Rank or Title

Service Number

9200

Place of Birth

Luton
United Kingdom

World War I Address

The Harrow pub
85 Hitchin Road
Luton
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Belgium

Grave Location

Belgium

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier

 

Cpl Percy William Graham, 9200, 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle On March 10th, 1915. He was aged 22.

He was the son of Mrs Mary Jane Graham, licensee of The Harrow pub in Hitchin Road, Luton, whose husband James William, an old soldier, had died eight weeks earlier at the age of about 74.

Cpl Graham was born in Luton and was a pupil at Waller Street Schools. He attended St Matthew's Church, High Town, and had worked in a local foundry.

He joined the West Yorkshires six years before his death and was stationed in Malta. He returned to England with his regiment on the outbreak of war and went to the front with the British Expeditionary Force. He was home on leave for five days the previous October.

About five weeks before his death he had come out of hospital after suffering from influenza.

Pte Impey, a pal at the front in the same regiment, wrote to his own parents at Jubilee Street, Luton, to say that Cpl Graham had died instantly.

 

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