Lance Corporal Percy Short

Lance Corporal Percy Short

© Royston Williamson 2015
© Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Percy Short Birth Registration Transcription © ancestry.co.uk
Percy Short Birth Registration Transcription © ancestry.co.uk

Percy Short was born in the 4th quarter of 1882 in Pulborough, Sussex to carter and agricultural labourer Frederick Short and Sarah Short nee Balchin.

Percy’s father Frederick Short was born about 1861 in Pulborough, Sussex.

Percy’s mother Sarah Balchin was born about 1859 in Pulborough or West Chiltington, Sussex to farm labourer William Balchin, born about 1816 in West Burton Sussex, and Anne Balchin. Sarah was baptised on the 11th of December 1859 in West Chiltington, Sussex. During the time of the 1881 Census, Sarah was a cook for Frank W. Hammond, a farmer of 160 acres employing 8 men and a boy, at Nyetimber Farm in Sussex.

Frederick Short and Sarah Balchin married on the 1st of October 1881 in West Chiltington, Sussex.

Percy Frederick had five siblings: Arthur William Short born in the 1st quarter of 1885 in Pulborough Sussex; Frederick Short born in the 4th quarter of 1886 in Pulborough Sussex; Margaret Annie Short born in the 2nd quarter of 1888 in Pulborough Sussex; Sarah Victoria Short born about 1891 in Fittleworth Sussex and baptised on the 11th of August 1891 in Fittleworth Sussex, and Jonathan Short born in the 1st quarter of 1895 in Brockham, Surrey.

Percy Short 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Percy Short 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk

During the 1891 Census, the family lived at Amen Cottage, Fittleworth, Sussex. Frederick was working as an agricultural labourer and Sarah was looking after their children: Percy, Arthur William, Frederick and Margaret Annie.

Percy Short 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Percy Short 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

During the 1901 Census, the family lived at Park Farm Cottages in Dorking, Surrey. Frederick was working as a carter on a farm and Sarah was at home. Percy was working as a horseman on a farm, Arthur William was a dairy boy on a farm, Frederick was a farm boy and Margaret Annie, Sarah Victoria and Jonathan were scholars.

Sarah Short died in 1901 and was buried on the 10th of July 1901 at St Martin’s church in Dorking. At the time of her death she still lived at Park Farm Cottages.

Percy Short 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk
Percy Short 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, Percy Short was working as a butler to Rose A. Roberts, a widow of independent means, at 1 Wilton Crescent, SW, Belgravia, London. The house had sixteen rooms.

Percy Short enlisted into the Army in September 1914 in Guildford, Surrey. He became a private and later Lance Corporal of the 7th Battalion the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. At the time of enlistment he resided in Dorking. His regimental number was G/1875.

Percy disembarked in France on the 27th of July 1915.

Percy Short - Kate Warren Marriage Certificate © ancestry.co.uk
Percy Short – Kate Warren Marriage Certificate © ancestry.co.uk

Percy Short married on the 22nd of January 1916 to Kate Warren at St John in North Holmwood. At the time of the marriage Percy was a Lance Corporal of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment and was living at Belldams Farm in North Holmwood. Kate was living at Torthorwald in North Holmwood. Less than six months later Percy was dead.

Kate Warren was born in the 2nd quarter of 1881 in Dorking to labourer Thomas Warren, born about 1843 in Newdigate Surrey, and Elizabeth Warren, born about 1847 in Newdigate Surrey.

At the time of the 1901 Census, Kate Warren was a parlour maid to Flora Carlile at Torthorwald in North Holmwood.

At the time of the 1911 Census, Kate was still a parlour maid, to clergyman and head of the Church Army, Prebendary Wilson Carlile and Flora Carlile at Torthorwald in North Holmwood. The house had fourteen rooms.

“Wilson Carlile was an English evangelist who founded the Church Army, and was Prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral. Known as “The Chief,” Wilson Carlile has inspired generations of evangelists.”

Percy Short was killed on the 1st of July 1916 on the first day at the Somme, France. His body was never found.

At 7.30am the 7th Battalion the Queen’s regiment assaulted the German trenches near the commune of Montauban, Somme. After 12 hours fighting the final objective west of Montauban was reached and consolidated on a front of about 260 yards. During the action the battalion suffered heavy losses: 174 men were killed, 284 wounded and 56 missing.

Percy Short Death Notice © Dorking Advertiser findmypast.co.uk
Percy Short Death Notice © Dorking Advertiser findmypast.co.uk

According to the 1916 Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, Percy’s wife Kate was notified about her husband’s death in August 1916. At this time she lived at Belldams Farm in Stonebridge. She later moved to 9 Hamstead Road in Dorking, Surrey. Percy’s father Frederick Short lived at Deerleap Cottages in Wotton, Surrey.

Percy Short Thiepval Memorial Roll of Honour © CWGC.org.jpg
Percy Short Thiepval Memorial Roll of Honour © CWGC.org.jpg
Percy Short Thiepval Memorial Panel List © CWGC.org
Percy Short Thiepval Memorial Panel List © CWGC.org

Percy is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial to the missing in Somme, France on the Pier and Face 5D and 6D.

Percy received the British War and Victory medals and the 1915 Star.

Husband of                 Kate Short of 9 Hampstead Road, Dorking
Son of                          Frederick and Sarah Short of Deerleap Cottages, Wotton

Regiment                     7th Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Number                       G/1875

Date of Death              1st July 1916
Place of Death             France
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                              33

Memorial                     Thiepval Memorial, France