Other names: Harry Percival
Locations in this story: Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersChippenham, WiltshireWeobley, Herefordshire
Story: Harry Percival Holly was born on 1 Sep 1891 in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset and baptised there on 13 Dec 1891 the son of Mark Holly and Harriett Holly (nee Smith). He lived his early life in and around Melbury Abbas. He enlisted on 30 Oct 1915 and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 57735). He served for some of the time in France with the 25th Fire Command and whilst there sustained a service injury to his right hand which eventually led to the amputation of his index finger. This event led to him being in hospital for nearly three months. He married Clara Beedles on 26 June 1917 in Chippenham, Wiltshire, and they went on to have two children. He was eventually demobilized on 1 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. By the 1939 Register he was living at Stockmoor, Pembridge, Weobley, Herefordshire, described as a Munitions Worker. He died on 3 Apr 1983 in the Hereford Registration District.