Burton, Percy Humphreys

Percy was born on 14 May 1895 at Ashwell, Hertfordshire the third son of John Worboys Burton and Margaret Jane (nee Humphreys) Burton.  He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

Percy enlisted at Hitchin, Hertfordshire on 10 December 1915 at Hitchin, Hertfordshire with the Royal Garrison Artillery.  He served initially with the 230th Siege Battery, Regimental Number 68258, and later with the 59th Siege Battery.  In September 1917 he received training in signalling and telephony.  He saw active service on the Western Front, France and Flanders.  In September 1918 Percy suffered gunshot wounds to both hands and burns to his face and was admitted to the hospital in Boulogne but immediately transferred to the Fusehill Military Hospital in Carlisle.  Percy recovered and was discharged from the army on 9 May 1919 on a military pension.  Percy survived the War.

Percy was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

Before enlisting he was a gardener/footman in Ashwell.

Percy married Blanche Emma Turner in the first quarter of 1927. They had a son, Keith Ware Humphreys born 1927 and a daughter, Monica Rosemary, born 1930, both at Ashwell. The 1939 census shows Emma and the children living in Ashwell and Percy, disabled, in a care home, Foxton Hall, in South Cambridgeshire.

Percy died on 5 Feb 1989 and is buried in Ashwell cemetery, Hertfordshire.

Percy’s brothers, Frank, Harry and John, saw active service in the War and survived to return home.

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