Pte, acting L/Cpl 15/678 West Yorkshire Regiment, Prince of Wales Own. 15th Battalion, Leeds Pals

Percy Nettleton could have been the son of Francis and Emma Jane Nettleton, with six siblings. Arthur, Fred and Albert were the elder children while Bertha, Stanley Francis and Mildred were the younger.

In 1901 they were living at 51 Quarry Hill in Hunslet and ten years later in 1911 they had moved to Oulton and were living at 3 St. John’s yard. All the children were born in Oulton, as was Emma Jane herself. Francis however had been born in Saxton. (Source: 1910, 1911 Census)

The 1911 census was completed by their second son, Albert, thus suggesting that both parents were illiterate. Francis was the cellarman for a brewer and Emma had no listed occupation. At this point however, the children were educated. Arthur was an auditor’s clerk, Fred was an elementary teacher and Albert was a  student teacher. Percy himself was a publisher’s clerk and all the children who were not in work were instead still at school in 1911. (Source: 1911 Census)

Percy’s service record is missing and there is no medal card for him either. From his number it can be ascertained that he joined up early, perhaps in 1914 and probably went to Egypt with the rest of the Pals after training. Laurie Milner suggests that he was discharged on the 22nd March 1919. (Source: Leeds Pals – Laurie Milner, 2015)

One can perhaps assume that he was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals.

It is also possible that he married Miss Elsie Jones in Hunslet in 1924 and may have died in 1967.

Interestingly, the Pals athlete Alan Hey married a Miss Ruth Margery Nettleton, but there is no evidence that she was related to Percy.

Researcher: Peter Taylor

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