Other names: Percy William
Locations in this story: Cann Farm, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersBristolChippenham, Wiltshire
Story: Percy William Gatehouse was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 27th March 1889, the son of Morgan Gatehouse and Elizabeth Gatehouse (née Lodge). He spent his early life in and around Cann Farm, Cann. He enlisted and joined the Prince of Wales (South Lancashire) Regiment as a Private (Service No. 32451). He served in France and Flanders with both the 1/5th and 2/5th Battalions before transferring to the Royal Army Service Corps (Service No. DM2/163548). On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. The 1921 Census shows he was living back with his widowed mother in Cann Farm described as a Farmer. He married Annie Violet Little at Chippenham, Wiltshire, in 1938 and they went on to have two children. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 45 Richmond Road, Bristol, and was working as an Aircraft Fitter. He died in Cann, Shaftesbury, in 1980 and was buried there at St. Rumbold's Church on 1st Oct 1980.