Lance Corporal Percy Charles Summers (G/7128)

8th Bn, The Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment, 72nd Brigade, 24th Division, B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: St James Welland,

Burial/Commemoration: Dranoutre

Nature of Death: Killed in action Flanders 6/4/1916

Age: 24

Next of Kin: Son of John and AliceSummers of the Anchor Inn, Welland; husband of Mrs F E Summers of 28 Rutland Gardens, Harringay, London.

Education: Welland School

Previous Employment: Clerk in the office of Mr O B Cowley, solicitor at Upton-on-Severn

Capbadge of the Royal West Kent Regiment

Percival Charles SUMMERS was born in Welland on 15th April 1892. He was the son of John and Alice Summers of the Anchor Inn, Welland . He started Welland school on the 30th March 1897. Percy Summers joined originally joined the 17th Lancers, a cavalry regiment, but with the general redundancy of mounted troops during the majority of the First World War, he was transferred to the Queens Regiment, an infantry unit. He did not serve overseas with the 17th Lancers.

In April 1916 the Malvern News reported: “News of the death of L/Cpl Percy Summers, Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) (formerly 17th Lancers) have reached his parents, Mr and Mrs J Summers of the Anchor Inn, Welland. In the letter communicating the sad event, caused by a shell fragment, Company Sergeant-Major Franks said L/Cpl Summers was one of the most popular NCOs in the Coy and his death was deeply deplored by the officers and men. L/Cpl Summers was for some years clerk in the office of Mr O B Cowley, solicitor, Upton-on-Severn. He was 24 years old and married.”

Malvern News 22/4/16
Welland Parish Website 2006

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