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Forename(s): Matthew Percy
Place of Birth: Scalby, Yorkshire
Service No: 300194
Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion
Division: 17th (Northern) Division
Date of Death: 1917-04-25
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 6.
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: CROSSHILLS, YORKSHIRE
Local War Memorial: KILDWICK, YORKSHIRE
Local War Memorial: SUTTON-IN-CRAVEN, YORKSHIRE
Matthew Percy Happs was the son of George Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Happs, née Percy and brother of Private Arthur James Happs (27900) (q.v.). Their father was born at Hadlow, Kent and mother at Scalby near Scarborough, Yorkshire. Harry, the brother of Matthew and Arthur, was married to Eliza Towers, the sister of Private Matthew Horseman Towers (241471) (q.v.).
1891 Throxenby Parish, Yorkshire Census: Newby Hall - Mathew P. Hopps [sic], aged 6 years, son of Harry and Sarah E. Hopps. [Harry and Sarah were living with her parents, William and Mary Percy.]
1901 Easingwold, Yorkshire Census: Spring Street - Mathew Percy Happs, aged 16 years, born Scarborough, Yorkshire. [Matthew was employed by William Acaster Allen, Painter and Paper Hanger.]
1911 Crosshills, Yorkshire Census: 53, Main Street - Matthew Percy Happs, aged 26 years, born Scalby, Yorkshire, son of George Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Happs.
Matthew was married to Eva Bunnett in 1911.
The British Army Service Record for Matthew Percy Happs (1046) exists but may be incomplete.
Matthew is listed in the Nominal Roll of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment): Pte P. Happs.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte M. Happs, 2755, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 14.4.15. Acc[epted] D[ead] 25.4.17.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Matthew P. Happs, 300194, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: [ - ] Date of entry therein: [ - ].
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Matthew P. Happs, 300194, 1/6 W. Rid. R.; 9 W. Rid. R. Pres died 25.4.17.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Matthew G. [sic], 300194, 9 West Riding. Date and Place of Death: 25.4.17 death pres. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow and Sole Legatee - Eva. £26 2s. 10d.
See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War - A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).
Private Harry Happs, the brother of Matthew and Arthur, who was serving with the 2nd Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), was transferred in June 1918 to Home Establishment in England on compassionate grounds. This was probably because he was the only surviving son.
Data Source: Local War Memorial
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division
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