WOODSTOCK REMEMBERS

SERVICE RECORD

Names
Surname
FREEMAN
Forname(s)
Percival Charles
Birthplace
Woodstock 19th April 1890 Baptised 22nd June 1890
Family
Parents
William Henry, a labourer and Ann Mary of Godstow Road, Wolvercote.
Siblings
One of 5 children.
Emily, Alice Annie, May, George Thomas, Percival Charles.
Address(es)
Godstow Road, Lower Wolvercote.
Occupation
Railway porter
In 1911 Percival was living with his sister Alice and her Husband James at Lower Wolvercote, Oxford and worked as a Coal porter. James was a Coal Merchant and Alice was assisting in the business. (1911 Census)
Service

Rank: Private

Number: 6972

Regiment: 2nd/4th Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry

Death
Fought at the Battle of St Quentin. Attested 14th June 1905. Discharged 9th April 1908 re-enlisted with 3 Reserve Bn, to France 1st September 1914 with 2nd Bn, also served with 5th and 6th Bns; then assigned to 2/4 OBLI, Pte 6972. Attacked by the Germans 21st March 1918 (part of the Kaiserschlacht) with a ferocious gas attack, the Battalion lost 19 Officers and 562 OR in two days and 'ceased to exist'. Percy was taken POW but died in capacity. Died 9th April 1918 aged 27.
Burial
Percival was originally buried in Charleville Communal Cemetery before reburial on 11the December 1962. Commonwealth War Grave/Memorial Terlincthum British Cemetery, Wimille. Ref:XVII.F.4 Total identified casualties 3880 Inscription reads, DEATH DIVIDES BUT LOVE AND MEMORY CLING Percival and his brother George are also listed on the Wolvercote War Memorial

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Researched by: Isabel Wheeler
http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Oxfordshire/Woodstock.html
Ancestry, 'Photos credit of CWGC'. Commonwealth War Grave Commission, Local collection, Woodstock (Parish magazine) Oxfordshire County Museum, Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock,
Local Historian Patricia Crutch.