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Frederick Percival was the son of James and Mary Percival, of Fairbrook, Boughton. He was a former pupil of Boughton Wesleyan Day School, and had served an apprenticeship with Messrs Baldock & Co, at The Stores, Boughton, before enlisting with the Royal Field Artillery. In the 1911 census he was 14 and working as a Grocer’s Boy, living with his parents at Fairbrook along with younger brother Alfred and younger sister Lily.
Private Percival is remembered with honour at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France, where his grave reference number is VII. N5., and at the War Memorial at St. Barnabas Church, Boughton.
The village of Mametz was carried by the 7th Division on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, after very hard fighting at Dantzig Alley (a German trench) and other points. The cemetery was begun later in the same month and was used by field ambulances and fighting units until the following November. Dantzig Alley British Cemetery now contains 2,053 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 518 of the burials are unidentified
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National Archives in association with Ancestry.com. 1901 and 1911 England census database.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
Faversham and North Kent News
Dantzig Alley British Cemetery