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Forename(s): Percy Preston
Place of Birth: Thornton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire
Service No: 44614
Regiment / Corps / Service: Canterbury Regiment
Battalion / Unit: 3rd Battalion, 4th Brigade
Division: New Zealand Division
Date of Death: 1917-10-09
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: N.Z. Apse, Panel 2.
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: HIGH BENTHAM, YORKSHIRE
Percy Preston Whitfield was the son of Francis and Annie Whitfield, née Preston. Francis was born at Dent and Annie at Settle, Yorkshire. Annie was the second wife of Francis; they were married in 1878. Francis had married his first wife, Mary Ann Clapham, in 1861.
1881 Thornton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire Census: Winking Bank - Percy P. Whitfield, aged 1 year, born Thornton-in-Lonsdale, son of Francis and Annie Whitfield.
1891 Burton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire Census: Holden House - Percy P. Whitfield, aged 11 years, born Thornton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire, son of Francis and Annie Whitfield.
1901 Burton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire Census: Holden House - Percy P. Whitfield, aged 21 years, born Thornton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire, son of Francis and Annie Whitfield.
A short biography of Percy is included in: ‘Bentham’s Part in the Great War 1914-18’ by Allan and Marilyn Hartley (2019).
New Zealand service records: https://www.govt.nz/browse/history-culture-and-heritage/nz-history/get-a-copy-of-a-ww1-service-record/
Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entryView Entry in CPGW Book
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:
WHITFIELD, Percy Preston, aged 38, Auckland Infantry, son of Mr. Frank Whitfield, Bentham, killed in action Oct. 9, 1917.
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Private Percy Preston WHITFIELD
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Canterbury Regiment
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: New Zealand Division
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