Australian Imperial Force
Date of Enlisting:
Date of death:
Chatsworth, New South Wales
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour
Percy enlisted at Liverpool, a suburb of Sydney, Australia on 18th February 1915 and on 25th June 1915 was embarked for Gallipoli. He served in the Balkans Theatre of War, at Gallipoli with C Company, 18th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force, Regimental Number 1015.
On 22 August 1915 he suffered a severe gunshot wound to the chest and shoulders and invalided to a military hospital in Reading, England. In November 1916 he was transferred to the 18th Battalion Australian Postal Corps in England. He was discharged as unfit for military duty on 8th October 1918 and returned to Australia. He survived the war but lived with shrapnel in his chest until his death on 15th May 1952 in Australia.
Percy was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal, the British War Medal and the Anzac Medal.
He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.
Date of Birth: 8.9.1891
Birth Place: Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence: Parramatta, NSW, Australia
Percy was born in Ashwell, Hertfordshire, the only son of Charles Thomas and Louisa (nee Davis) Worboys on 8th September 1891. He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell. Before enlisting he was a postman and in his spare time a messenger for a drug shop.
Percy emigrated to Australia on 7 September 1912 and worked on his uncle Joseph’s farm ‘Westwood’, in Orange, New South Wales. He then moved to Parramatta to live with another relative and took a job as a railway station attendant. He met Frances Fraser in Parramatta at this time.
In 1915 he enlisted as an Australian and was sent to England. During his stay in military hospital he was visited by his mother and father, and met the King and Queen of England when they were visiting the Australian troops.
When he returned to Australia Frances was waiting and they were married in Woollich, Sydney, Australia in 1919 and had five children: Margaret, Norma, Joan, Howard and Robert.
Percy and a partner started up a wholesale and importing business – Sydney Importing Company. He was a founder member of the Sydney Legacy, a charitable institution, and worked with the Junior Welfare Committee. He died on 18 May 1952.
Events from the pages of the Royston Crow
Private Percy Worboys wrote a letter to Mr Chote the headmaster which was published in the paper. Percy Worboys served in the Peninsula war in Turkey receiving wounds severe enough to be sent home. The letter goes on to criticise the Arabs for their ‘heartless behaviour in the field’ and to express his admiration of the Anzac forces with whom he fought.
Pte Percy Worboys of Australian Infantry severely wounded and still shrapnel in shoulder, 25, son of Mr & Mrs C Worboys, Back St, served in Egypt and Gallipoli.
Private Percy Worboys served with the Australian contingent in the Peninsular War and was recovering from wounds received in Gallipoli. Fortunately, as reported in November, he was well enough to write a letter about his experiences to the paper.
Pte EJ Copping, Australian Infantry, wounded in left hand, at hospital in Epsom. Here he met again Pte P Warboys whom he emigrated with some years ago, both served at Gallipoli where Worboys was badly wounded.
Mr Percy C Worboys, Managing Director & Chairman of the Sydney Importing Co Ltd, NSW, Australia, and son of Mr & Mrs Worboys, Ashwell now a Justice of the Peace in his suburb, Hurlstone Park.
|Birth Place:||Ashwell, Hertfordshire|
|Residence:||Parramatta, New South Wales|
|Enlistment Place:||Liverpool, New South Wales|
|Regiment:||Australian Imperial Force|
|Battalion:||C Coy, 18th Battalion|
|Type of Casualty:||Survived|
|Theatre of War:||Balkans, Gallipoli|