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Hugh Francis Percy


Percy, Hugh Francis, Montreal, Quebec, originally from Carrickfergus, Ireland. Occupation: clerk. Military Service, Private, Reg. No 475986, 3rd University Co., PPCLI, Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: casualty [misidentified], 3:17 Sep ’16. According to Hodder-Williams, 291, Percy was stuck off strength on 20 March 1916. Frank’s reference to “Percy” was initially interpreted as a reference to a soldier with the surname Percy, but according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, no Percy died in 1916. However, the next name Frank recorded was Armstrong. Since there were two men by that name in the university companies of the PPCLI, one named Percival Armstrong, the other Charles James Armstrong, it is likely that Frank recorded “Percy Armstrong” to indicate the man whose fate he knew. Coincidentally, both Armstrongs were killed on the same day.