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Private Percy William BETTS, L/9998,  6th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders, France, 9th April  1917.

Born Yaxley, Peterborough, Huntingdonshire.


1911 Census - 2 River Terrace, Leverington, Cambridgeshire - Eliza Ann Betts, head, age 59, married 27 years, 6 children, 5 still alive, domestic employment, born Holbeach, Lincolnshire; Alice Maud Betts, daughter, age 21, single, born Outwell, Norfolk; Percy William Betts, son, age 17, single, born Yaxley, Northants.


23rd October 1912, Orpington, Kent, specially enlisted (likely to develop), age 18, height 5ft 4¾ inches, weight 100½lbs, blue eyes, light brown hair, . Resided Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Formerly groom & gardener.

21st July 1915, War Office memo  - Cut off from his Regiment at St Ghislain. Captured by enemy at Boussu and escaped. Changed into civilian clothes and made for the coast, reached Antwerp and entrained for Ostend. Sent to Folkestone and reported to military authorities immediately.

27th July 1916 to 2nd November 1916, 1st Southern General Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham, wounded, gun shot wound, left arm.

Commemorated at  Arras Memorial, Bay 7, Pas de Calais,  France.

NOTE: Regimental History & Soldiers Died in the Great War both show Service No. as L/9998; CWGC web site show service No as L/9996.


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