Friday 19 October 2012

Private Percival Tunnicliffe

Born on 27 April 1894 in Winslow, Cheshire, England – son of Charles and Anetta Tunnicliffe, Manchester, England – brother of Stanley Tunnicliffe, HMS Dartmouth – brother of Miss Violet Crook, Blackrod, Lancashire, England – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as chauffeur; single; no current military service; previously served with the cadets in Manchester (two years); Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 2.75 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; fair hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, on 12 June 1915 – transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410908) – served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda – landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 – killed in action on 31 March 1917 – buried in Villers Station Cemetery (grave VII.H.7), England.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, “Debt of Honour” register,

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