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Percy Evelyn MACEFIELD

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Surname: MACEFIELD

Forename(s): Percy Evelyn

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: 270145

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Manchester Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 2/6th Battalion

Division: 66th (2/East Lancashire) Division

Age: 34

Date of Death: 1917-10-07

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 120 to 124.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Percy Evelyn Macefield was the son of William Whitmore and Mary Macefield, née Jackson. William was born at Worfield, Shropshire and Mary at Fleetwood, Lancashire.

1891 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 17, Brook Street - Percy E. Macefield, aged 9 years, born Skipton, son of William and Mary Macefield.

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 24, Brook Street - Percy E. Macefield, aged 18 years, born Skipton, son of William W. and Mary Macefield.

Percy was married to Jessie Drake in 1909.

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 14, Fairfax Street - Percy Evelyn Macefield, aged 28 years, born Skipton, husband of Jessie Macefield.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Percy E. Macefield, 270145, Manch. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Percy Evelyn Macefield, 270145, 2/6th Manch. R.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Percy Evelyn Macefield, 270145, 2/6 Bn Manchester. Date and Place of Death: 7.10.17. Accidentally. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow and Grantee - Jessie. £1 19s. 4d.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Percy Evelyn Macefield, 270145, 2/6 Bn Manchester Regt. Date and Place of Death: 7.10.17. Accid'tly killed Belgium. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow and Sole Legatee - Jessie. £1 16s. 11d. Widow and Grantee - Jessie. £4 10s. 0d.

Photograph: 'Yorkshire Rugby Football Union - In Memoriam 1914-19'.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

MACEFIELD, Percy, aged 35, Manchester Regt., 11, Otley Street, Skipton, killed in action Oct. 7, 1917.

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Private Percy Evelyn MACEFIELD

Private Percy Evelyn MACEFIELD

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Manchester Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Manchester Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 66th (2/East Lancashire) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 66th (2/East Lancashire) Division

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Surname: MACEFIELD

Forename(s): Percy Evelyn

Born: Skipton, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Skipton

Number: 270145

Rank: Private

Regiment: Manchester Regiment

Battalion: 2/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 07/10/17

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 202531, Northumberland Fusiliers

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Surname: MACEFIELD

Forename(s): Percy Evelyn

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 270145

Rank: Private

Regiment: Manchester Regiment

Unit: 2nd/6th Bn.

Age: 34

Awards:

Died Date: 07/10/1917

Additional Information: Son of William and Mary Macefield, of 29, Hill St., Carnforth; husband of Jessie Macefield, of 11, Otley St., Skipton, Yorks.

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1918

MACEFIELD Percy Evelyn of 11 Otley-street Skipton Yorkshire private died 7 October 1917 in France Administration (with Will) London 2 November to Jessie Macefield widow. Effects £90 11s. 3d.

1946

MACEFIELD Jessie of 42 Brougham-street Skipton Yorkshire widow died 3 August 1946 Administration London 14 October to John Whitmore Macefield butcher. Effects £2856 9s. 8d.

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19 October 1917

MACEFIELD – Killed in action on the Western Front, on October 7th 1917, Private Percy Macefield, Manchester Regiment, husband of Mrs. Macefield, 11, Otley Street, Skipton, aged 35 years.

19 October 1917

PRIVATE PERCY MACEFIELD

Mrs. Macefield, 11, Otley Street, Skipton, has also received information that her husband, Private Percy E. Macefield, Manchester Regiment, was killed in action on the 7th inst. Thirty-five years of age, and formerly a tram conductor on the Bradford City Tramways, Pte. Macefield enlisted in July 1916, and had been at the Front about three months. He was much interested in cricket and was a playing member of the Skipton Cricket Club’s second eleven. He leaves a widow and one child.

In a letter of condolence to the widow, Lieut. J. R. Thompson states that his platoon, to which Private Macefield was attached, was occupying part of a support line on the 7th inst., when the latter was killed by a rifle bullet which passed through his heart, death being instantaneous. At the time of his death, Private Macefield and several of his mates were sitting on the edge of a shell hole, and his body was buried by his comrades during the night near the place where he fell. A cross bearing his name and number being placed over the grave. The writer adds:– “It is poor satisfaction to you to know that he passed away doing his duty, and in doing so made the highest sacrifice possible to any man. His quiet, unassuming manner won him the respect of all his comrades. He took his part bravely and never hesitated about giving a comrade a helping hand when needed. It seems superfluous for me to say – and yet this brief note would be incomplete if I didn’t state the fact – that you have my deepest sympathy, added to that of the remainder of his platoon, in this our great trial for such a heavy loss. We can only pray that God, in whose hands we all are, will give you the necessary strength and fortitude to bear the burden put upon you.”

11 October 1918

MACEFIELD – In loving memory of my dear husband, Private P. E. Macefield, who was killed in action October 7th, 1917.

“May his reward be as great as his sacrifice.”

From his loving Wife and Son, 11 Otley Street, Skipton.

10 October 1919

MACEFIELD – In loving memory of my dear husband, Private P. E. Macefield, East Manchesters, who was killed in France October 7th, 1917.

“Ever remembered.”

From his loving Wife and Son.

08 October 1920

MACEFIELD – In loving memory of my dear husband, Private P. E. Macefield, killed in France, October 7th, 1917.

“To memory dear.”

Mrs. Macefield and Son, 11 Otley Street, Skipton.

07 October 1921

MACEFIELD – In loving memory of a dear husband and father, Pte. P. E. Macefield, Manchester Regiment, killed in France, Oct. 7th, 1917.

“Gone, but not forgotten.”

Mrs. Macefield and Son, 11 Otley Street, Skipton.

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19 October 1917

MACEFIELD – Killed in action, Oct. 7th, Pte. Percy Macefield, of the Manchester Regiment, husband of Mrs. Macefield, of 11, Otley Street, Skipton, aged 34.

19 October 1917

SKIPTON CRICKETER KILLED

News has been received that Pte. Percy Macefield, of the Manchester Regiment, husband of Mrs. Macefield, of 11, Otley Street, Skipton, was killed in action on October 7th. In a letter to his wife Lieut. J. R Thompson writes:– “I very much regret having to write to you to announce the death of your husband, Pte. Macefield, of my platoon. The unfortunate event happened on the evening of the 7th inst., whilst occupying a part of the support line. He was killed by a rifle bullet which passed through his heart, and death was absolutely instantaneous. At the time of his death he and several of his mates were sitting on the edge of a shell hole; and he would feel no pain whatever, the whole incident being only a matter of seconds. His comrades buried his body that same night near the place where he fell, and a cross with his name and number on has been placed over it. It is poor satisfaction for you to know that he passed away doing his duty as it ought to be done, and in doing it, he made the highest sacrifice possible to any man. His quiet unassuming manner won him the respect of his comrades. He took his part bravely, and never hesitated to give a comrade a helping hand when needed. It seems superfluous for me to say, and yet this brief note would be incomplete if I did not state the fact, that you have my deepest sympathy, added to that of the remainder of his platoon for you in this hour of great trial for such a heavy loss, and we can only pray that God in whose hands we all are, will give you the necessary strength and fortitude to bear the burden put upon you.” Pte. Macefield enlisted in July, 1916, in the Northumberland Fusiliers, but was afterwards transferred to the Manchester Regiment. He had only been out in France about three months. He was formerly employed as a tram conductor by the Bradford Corporation, and was also a playing member of the Skipton Second Eleven Cricket Club. Pte. Macefield, who was 35 years of age, leaves a widow and one child to mourn their loss.

03 May 1918

SKIPTON CRICKET CLUB

The annual meeting of the Skipton Cricket Club was held at the Globe Restaurant on Monday evening, Mr. Foster Horner presiding. In presenting his report, the secretary (Mr. F. Furness) said it must necessarily be a short one, as practically no cricket was played on the Sandylands ground during 1917. The ground was opened and kept in good condition, but as the soldiers removed from the district it was very little used. The committee had been active during the winter, and as a result of various efforts that had been organised the debt on the club had been considerably reduced. When the war was over it was hoped that the ladies who had rendered useful service in connection with these efforts would continue their help. One player, Mr. Percy Macefield, had been killed in action during the year, seven members now having made the supreme sacrifice. The committee. which had been augmented by Mr. A. Hodgson, and Mr. C. Pickles, had consented to the appeal made by the Hospital Gala Committee for the use of the ground on the occasion of the annual gala. In conclusion, he expressed the hope that cricket would be in full swing at Sandylands next year, and that the club would once more be linked up with the front rank of Yorkshire cricket. The financial statement, presented by Mr. P. Jowett, showed the debt on the club to be £66. Dr. Fisher was re-elected president, Mr. Fred Furness secretary, Mr. F. Jowett treasurer, and the committee was re-appointed en bloc.

11 October 1918

MACEFIELD – In loving memory of my dear husband. Pte. P.E. Macefield, who was killed in action Oct. 7th, 1917.

May his reward be as great as his sacrifice.

– From his loving Wife and Son. 11, Otley Street, Skipton.

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