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Percy JEEVES

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Surname: JEEVES

Forename(s): Percy

Place of Birth: Earlsheaton, Yorkshire

Service No: 611

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 15th (Service) Battalion. (2nd Birmingham)

Division: 5th Division

Age: 28

Date of Death: 1916-07-22

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 9 A 9 B and 10 B.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Percy Jeeves (born 5 March 1888) was the son of Edwin and Nancy Jeeves, née Garforth. Edwin was born at Ickleford, Hertfordshire and Nancy at Earlesheaton, Yorkshire.

1891 Ripponden, Yorkshire Census: Spring Street - Percy Jeeves, aged 3 years, born Earlsheaton, Yorkshire, son of Edwin and Nancy Jeeves.

1901 Goole, Yorkshire Census: 72, Manuel Street - Percy J Geeves [sic], aged 13 years, born Earls Heaton, Yorkshire, son of Edwin and Nancy Geeves.

1911 Goole, Yorkshire Census: 72, Manuel Street - Percy Jeeves, aged 23 years, born Earlsheaton, Yorkshire, son of Edwin and Nancy Jeeves.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Percy Jeeves, 611, R. War. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 21.11.15. K. in A. Correspondence: Mr. E. Jeeves makes appn for 1914-15 Star due to his late son, 30.8.20. Address: No 1a, Back Craven St. off North Rd. Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, Yorks.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Percy Jeeves, 611, 15th Bn R. War. R.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Percy Jeeves, 15/611, 15th (S) Bn R. War. Rgt. Date and Place of Death: 22.7.16 in action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father and grantee - Edwin. £15 9s. 4d.

The informal title of the 15th (Service) Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment (2nd Birmingham) was the 2nd Birmingham Pals.

Percy is commemorated on the Goole War Memorial.

The author P.G. Wodehouse, in his stories and novels, named one of his fictional characters 'Reginald Jeeves' - the valet of Bertie Wooster. He was named after Percy Jeeves whom Wodehouse had seen play in a cricket match before the Great War.

See also: 'The Real Jeeves: The Cricketer Who Gave His Life for His Country and His Name to a Legend' by Brian Halford (2013).

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:

JEEVES, Percy, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, formerly professional for Hawes Cricket Club 1910, killed in action in France July 23, 1916.

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Private Percy JEEVES

Private Percy JEEVES

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 5th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 5th Division

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Surname: JEEVES

Forename(s): Percy

Born: Dewsbury, Yorks

Residence: Dewsbury

Enlisted: Birmingham

Number: 611

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Battalion: 15th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 22/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: JEEVES

Forename(s): Percy

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 611

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Unit: 15th Bn.

Age: 28

Awards:

Died Date: 22/07/1916

Additional Information: Son of Edwin and Nancy Jeeves, of 1A, Craven St., Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, Yorks. Professional Cricketer - played for Warwickshire.

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

1916

JEEVES Percy of 57 Stratford-place Camp Hill Birmingham professional cricketer private 15th (service) battalion Royal Warwickshire regiment died 22 July 1916 in action in France Administration Birmingham 20 October to Edwin Jeeves railway porter and signalman. Effects £223 1s. 2d.

BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

15th (Service) Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment (2nd Birmingham)

Attack on Wood Lane (22/7) – heavy losses due to machine gun fire from High Wood – withdrew to start position. Casualties – 143.

[Percy Jeeves was killed in the attack on Wood Lane, 22nd July 1916.]

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1917, © John Wisden & Co

PTE PERCY JEEVES (Royal Warwicks Regt) was killed on July 22, England losing a cricketer of whom very high hopes had been entertained. Jeeves was born at Earlesheaton, in Yorkshire, on March 5, 1888. He played his first serious cricket for the Goole CC, and became a professional at Hawes. He took part in Yorkshire trial matches in 1910, but presumably failed to attract much attention. Soon afterwards he went to live in Warwickshire, playing for that county, when not fully qualified, against the Australians and South Africans in 1912. No special success rewarded him in those matches, but in 1913 he did brilliant work for Warwickshire, both as bowler and batsman, and firmly established his position. He took 106 wickets in first-class matches that season at a cost of 20.88 each, and scored 765 runs with an average of 20.33. In 1914 he held his own as a bowler, taking 90 wickets in first-class matches, but in batting he was less successful than before. He was chosen for Players against Gentlemen at The Oval, and by his fine bowling helped the Players to win the match, sending down in the Gentlemen’s second innings 15 overs for 44 runs and four wickets. Mr P. F. Warner was greatly impressed and predicted that Jeeves would be an England bowler in the near future. Within a month war had been declared. Jeeves was a right-handed bowler on the quick side of medium pace, and with an easy action came off the ground with plenty of spin. He was very popular among his brother players.

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Percy Jeeves wearing his Warwickshire County Cricket Club cap

Percy Jeeves wearing his Warwickshire County Cricket Club cap

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04 August 1916

JEEVES – July 23, killed in action in France, Private Percy Jeeves, formerly professional to Hawes Cricket Club.

04 August 1916

HAWES – FORMER CRICKET PROFESSIONAL KILLED

News was received on Sunday morning by Mr. H.A. Crallan, that Pte. Percy Jeeves, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, had been killed by a shell on Sunday the 23rd. Jeeves, who was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Jeeves, of Goole, was engaged by the Hawes Cricket Club as professional in 1910, this being his first entry into professional rank. In that season he scored 205 runs in 15 innings, average 15.10. He was also very successful with the ball, taking 73 wickets for 5.91 runs apiece. In 1911 his engagement was renewed, and in that season he scored 536 runs with an average of 35, and took 51 wickets for seven runs each. He scored centuries for Hawes against Constable Burton and Yorkshire Clergy; also playing for Bedale he scored 100 not out against York Trinity and 90 not out against Boldon. He was twice tried with the Yorkshire Colts, and later, through the instrumentality of Mr. Crallan, Hawes, he obtained a professional engagement with the Warwickshire County Club. When he had qualified he was played for the first time with Warwickshire against the Australians and scored a notable success with the ball. From that time his progress was rapid and uninterrupted. He played on four occasions against his native county Yorkshire, and proved disastrous to his native county. Four years ago Mr. P. F. Warner said that Jeeves was a certainty for the next team to visit Australia. He was one of the finest specimens of the clean-living young cricketers that ever donned flannels – a true sportsman through and through, with a heart too big for defeat and a temperament too free from conceit for success to spoil.

He volunteered immediately the war broke out and had been in France about nine months. Too fearless of danger to ever spare himself he has died as such gallant souls do die on the altar of an unselfish and pure patriotism. Cricketers throughout the entire district, stretching from Sedbergh to Hawes and from Hawes to Bedale, will sincerely mourn the death of such a whole-hearted sportsman.

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04 August 1916

WELL-KNOWN HAWES CRICKETER KILLED

The public of Hawes in general, and cricketers in particular, were sorry to hear that Pte. Percy Jeeves, of Goole, had been killed on Sunday week by being struck with a German shell. Jeeves was the well-known Warwickshire cricketer, who, after playing for Goole club as an amateur, was for two seasons professional with the Hawes club. Locally he was very popular and held in the highest esteem, and his prowess both as a bowler, batsman and fielder soon spread. After playing twice with the Yorkshire Colts, he obtained a professional engagement with Warwickshire. Before his qualifying period was up he was introduced into the first eleven against the Australians, and in one innings took several wickets at a low cost. In the next two seasons and before the war he did very well for Warwickshire as a bowler and occasionally as a batsman. He played four times against his native county, and twice brought off good bowling performances. He was a fast bowler, and some of his deliveries were served up at an astonishing speed.

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