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Place of Birth: Gargrave, Yorkshire
Service No: 7070
Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Battalion / Unit: 1/5th Battalion
Division: 49th (West Riding) Division
Date of Death: 1916-09-03
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: EARBY, YORKSHIRE
Local War Memorial: GARGRAVE, YORKSHIRE
Percy Wharton was the son of Michael and Elizabeth Wharton, née Heslegrave and brother of Sergeant Richard Wharton (12139) (q.v.). Their father was born at Aberford and mother at Micklefield, Yorkshire. Percy and Richard’s sister, Mary Alice, was married to Private Robert Duxbury (235186) (q.v.).
1901 Earby, Yorkshire Census: 8, George Street - Percy Wharton, aged 6 years, born Gargrave, Yorkshire, son of Marshall [sic] and Elizabeth Wharton.
1911 Earby, Yorkshire Census: 8, George Street - Percy Wharton, aged 16 years, born Gargrave, Yorkshire, son of Michael and Elizabeth Wharton.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Percy Wharton, 242711, W. Rid. R.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Percy Wharton, 242711, 1/6 W. Rid. R. Died 3.9.16.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Percy Wharton, 242711; 7070, 1/6 W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 3.9.16. On or Since. Death presd. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Michael. £4 14s. 9d.
Although SDGW and CWGC state that Percy served with the 1/6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), he is not listed as a casualty in that battalion’s war diary for the 3 September 1916. He was killed in action with the 1/5th Bn. (See 'Craven Herald' and 'West Yorkshire Pioneer' articles of 13 October 1916).
‘Earby in the First World War’ by Stephanie Carter, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2014).
‘From Mills to Marching and Back Again - A History of Gargrave from 1900 to 1925’ by Sue Lyall and Donavon Slaven with contributions from George Ingle, Ray Jones and Martin Thompson (2019).
‘Our Finest Crop’ by Steven Marshall, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2020).
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:
WHARTON, Percy, aged 22, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, 8, George Street, [Earby], reported missing September 3, 1916 now presumed dead.
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Private Percy WHARTON
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division
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