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Percy Beaumont MIDGLEY

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Surname: MIDGLEY

Forename(s): Percy Beaumont

Place of Birth: Drakelow, Derbyshire

Service No: 114275

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 17th (Service) Battalion. (1st City). 236th Brigade

Division: division unknown

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1918-12-15

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: ---

CWGC Cemetery: ---


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Percy Beaumont Midgley was the son of William Henry and Kate Gertrude Midgley, née Beaumont. William was born at Rosliston, Derbyshire and Kate at Lowestoft, Suffolk.

1901 Drakelow, Derbyshire Census: Drakelow Park - Percy B. Midgley, aged 8 years, born Drakelow, son of William Hy and Kate G. Midgley.

1911 Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire Census: 3, Holmefield - Percy Midgley, aged 18 years, born Drakelowe, Derbyshire, son of Harry and Kate Midgley.

Percy was married to Annie Shuttleworth in 1918. Annie was the sister of Gunner James William Shuttleworth (103662) (q.v.).

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Private Percy B. Midgley, 48116, North'd Fus.; 114275, L'pool R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Percy Beaumont Midgley, 48116, 27th North'd Fus.; 114275, 17th K.L.R.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Percy Beaumont Midgley, 114275, 17 Bn Lpool. Date and Place of Death: 15.12.18 North Russia. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Annie. £21 4s. 8d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Percy.

The informal title of the 17th (Service) Bn King's (Liverpool Regiment) (1st City) was the 1st Liverpool Pals.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

MIDGLEY, Percy, aged 25, K.L.R., son of Mr. Harry Midgley, Wright Street, Sutton Mill, died from pneumonia, Russia, Nov. 1918.


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Private Percy Beaumont MIDGLEY

Private Percy Beaumont MIDGLEY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

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Surname: MIDGLEY

Forename(s): Percy Beaumont

Born: Burton-on-Trent, Staffs

Residence: Nelson, Yorks

Enlisted: Keithley, Yorks

Number: 114275

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's (Liverpool Regiment)

Battalion: 17th Battalion


Died Date: 15/12/18

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: Russia

Notes: Formerly 18528, West Riding Regiment

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Surname: MIDGLEY

Forename(s): Percy Beaumont

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 114275

Rank: Private

Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment)

Unit: 17th Bn.



Died Date: 15/12/1918

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THE HISTORY OF THE KING'S REGIMENT (LIVERPOOL), 1914-1919, Vol. III, by E. Wyrall (Edward Arnold & Co., 1928)



…The 1st of October found the 17th King’s in Mytchett Camp at Aldershot, under the command of Lieut.-Colonel J.P. Pitts. On the 5th they entrained to Glasgow, and on the 11th they commenced their voyage on H.M.T. “Keemun,” escorted by two destroyers.

On the 17th they arrived at Murmansk, where they joined the “Syren” portion of the North Russia Expeditionary Force. At Murmansk the King’s were transferred to H.M.T’s. “Goentoer” and “Asturian,” in which they proceeded to Archangel.

On November 4th the 17th King’s, with the exception of “B” Company (Captain R.G. Smerdon and 190 other ranks) who were left on duty at the machine-gun school at Archangel, found themselves in barracks at “Economia.” On the 14th “C” Company, consisting of two officers and 200 other ranks, was detached for duty with the Dvina River Force and left by rail for Berezniki. On the 21st “D” Company, two officers and 160 other ranks, proceeded by train to join the Vologda Force for temporary attachment to the Seletskoe detachment. It will be seen that the battalion was already split up and, as the companies were continually moving about on their own, it is impossible to give any connected story of their adventures. That their life was not uneventful, even when out of the line, is evidenced by the following entry in the war diary: “December 12th. This company received instructions from G.H.Q. to place under arrest the 1st Company Archangel Regiment, which had refused to proceed to the front.”

On December 5th and 6th “D” Company carried out an operation to forestall a Bolshevic attack on Tarassova.

The company, under the command of Capt. E.A. Dickson, M.C., and consisting of two officers, seventy-six other ranks, and thirty partisans, made a wide detour of sixteen versts through virgin forest without tracks, during the night, and arrived at 6.30 a.m. about four hundred yards behind the enemy’s position. A blockhouse was captured, and the enemy lost seven killed and four prisoners. A little later eighteen limbers, three cookers, twenty-two horses and two machine-guns were captured, and more prisoners taken. Complete success was not, however, obtained because the flanking attacks of the partisans failed to materialise, and because all Lewis-guns were out of action owing to snow getting into the working parts. The casualties incurred were: one officer (Second-Lieut. A. Cousins, M.M.) wounded, six other ranks killed, four wounded and one missing…


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02 March 1917

SUTTON – Local Soldier in Hospital

A field postcard was received last week-end by a friend of Pte. Percy Midgley stating that he had been admitted into hospital in France. Private Midgley was a Derby man and joined up some time ago. His younger brother (Private Cyril H. Midgley) was wounded last year and is at present at Clipstone Camp.

28 September 1917


Sergeant Edgar Green, D.C.M., of the West Riding Regiment, has been home on a ten days’ leave. He was gassed in August last, and has been in Netley Hospital… Private Percy Midgley, of the West Riding Regiment, rejoined his regiment yesterday, after ten days’ leave. He went out to the Front in January of this year, and contracted trench feet. He was sent to the War Hospital at Eastbourne, and while there was operated on for appendicitis.

28 September 1917


A very pretty wedding, and one which aroused a good deal of local interest, was solemnised at the Sutton-in-Craven Baptist Church on Saturday morning last, the contracting parties being Miss Ellen Barrett, only daughter of Mr. John Riley Barrett, of Hazel Grove, Sutton, and Pte. Cyril H. Midgley, of the West Riding Regt. The bride, who was attired in a white Indian silk dress, brought from India by her cousin, Miss Edith Atkinson, who is engaged on missionary work there, was given away by her father. The bride was attended by Miss Jessie May Whitaker (cousin of the bride) who was dressed in lemon coloured silk eoline, and Miss Kathleen Midgley (sister of the bridegroom) who was dressed in blue silk eoline. Pte. Percy Midgley (brother of the bridegroom), who was recently in hospital for appendicitis, was the ‘best man,’ and Pte. Raymond Whitaker (cousin of the bride) was the groomsman. The bride was also attended by her two little nieces, Miss Mary Barrett, of Barrow, and Miss Kathleen Barrett, of Crosshills, and Seaman Walter Davy, a friend of the bride and bridegroom, was also present. The officiating minister was the pastor (Rev. F.W. Pollard). Both bride and bridegroom have been closely associated with Sutton Baptist Church, the bride being a teacher in the Primary Department. A reception and luncheon was held in the Sunday School after the ceremony, and the couple left about noon for St. Annes-on-Sea, where the honeymoon is being spent. They have been the recipients of numerous and costly presents. The bridegroom was wounded in the ‘push’ in 1916.

27 December 1918

SUTTON-IN-CRAVEN – Death of a Local Soldier

Private Percy Midgley, of the South Notts Hussars, has died at Plex in Russia, from pneumonia. His father, who resided at Sutton Mill, received the sad news at that beginning of the week. He was formerly a painter at Crosshills, and was closely identified with the work at Sutton Baptist Chapel. His widow resides at Carleton.

10 January 1919


We reproduce a photograph of Private Percy Midgley, South Notts. Hussars, son of Mr. Midgley, of Sutton, who died, as recorded last week at Plex, in Russia, from pneumonia. Pte. Midgley, whose widow resides at Carleton, was formerly a painter at Crosshills.

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08 September 1916


Mr. Harry Midgley, of Holme Bridge, has received a short message from a chaplain at the base hospital, stating that his son, Private Cyril H. Midgley, of the West Riding Regiment, has been received into the hospital wounded. The extent of the wound is not referred to, but the promise of a letter to follow is given. Private Cyril Midgley joined the West Ridings during Easter week, 1916, and has been in France five weeks. Previous to joining the army he was employed at the Sutton Mill Co-operative Stores, in the grocery department, where he was held in the greatest esteem by everyone. He was a member of the Sutton Baptist Church and a teacher in the Sunday School. He was also a worker in the Christian Endeavour. Pte. Midgley’s elder brother Percy, is in training in England.

28 September 1917


KHAKI WEDDING: BARRITT–MIDGLEY – A khaki wedding which aroused considerable interest was solemnised in the Baptist Chapel on Saturday morning last. The parties were Miss Ellen Barritt, only daughter of Mr. and the late Mrs. John Riley Barritt, of Hazel Grove, and Pte. Cyril B. Midgley, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, youngest son of Mr. and the late Mrs. Harry Midgley. The bride, who was given away by her father, was very prettily attired in a white, hand-embroidered India silk dress, the gift of her cousin, Miss Atkinson, Baptist missionary in India. She wore a hat to match, and carried a bouquet of pink roses and white heather. She was attended by four bridesmaids, Miss Jessie Whitaker, her cousin (who wore a dress of pale lemon voile and a black hat) and Miss Kathleen Midgley, sister of the bridegroom, who was attired in a blue silk eolinne dress and also wore a black hat. Tho two little girl bridesmaids, Miss Kathleen Barritt and Miss Mary Barritt, both nieces of the bride, looked very pretty in their dresses of white. Pte. Percy Midgley, Northumberland Fusiliers, brother of the bridegroom, acted as best man, and Pte. J. Raymond Whitaker, of the Duke’s, cousin of the bride, was groomsman. Rev. F. W. Pollard officiated. Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the Baptist Sunday school, and later in the day the happy pair left for St. Anne’s, where the honeymoon is being spent The bridegroom was wounded on Sept. 3rd, 1916, and is at present stationed at Ripon. His brother. Pte. Percy Midgley, is at present at an Eastbourne rest camp, having been invalided home. Pte. J. Raymond Whitaker, of the Duke’s, who acted as groomsman, has returned to his regiment at the front, having been in France for over two years. The wedding may be regarded as a Sunday-school workers’ wedding. The three soldiers are Sunday-school teachers at the Baptist Sunday school, and the bride and the adult bridesmaids are all connected with the primary department of the, same school. All are members of the church and were baptised by the pastor (Rev. F. Ward Pollard). Prior to joining the forces the bridegroom was employed at the Sutton Mill Co-operative Stores, where he was held in high regard by the members. Hopes are expressed for his complete recovery and a speedy return civil life.

27 December 1918

Sutton Mill Soldier’s Death

Official information has been received by Mr. Harry Midgley, of Wright Street, Sutton Mill, stating that his eldest son, Pte. Percy Midgley, of the King’s Liverpool Rifles, has died from an attack of pneumonia at Pless in Russia. Deceased joined the colours in January, 1915, having previously offered himself and been rejected. He served some time in France, where he was wounded. Deceased, prior to joining the forces, was a very active worker at the Baptist Sunday school. His brother, Pte. Cyril Midgley, is at present home on furlough. He was severely wounded in France some months ago and has since been in England. The death of Pte. Percy Midgley has come as a shock to the village, where he was so well-known and respected by everybody. He followed the trade of painter and decorator and was last employed by Messrs. R H. Greenwood and Sons, Crosshills. He was 25 years of age and leaves a widow for whom deep sympathy is felt.

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