Other names: Percival James
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetCoventry, WarwickshireBirmingham, WarwickshireSolihull, WarwickshireBanbury, OxfordshireCann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Percival James Harding was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7 Aug 1890 and baptised at Cann, Shaftesbury, on 31 Aug 1890 the son of Rudolph James Harding and Mary Harding (nee Down). He lived his early life with the family at 4 Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, He had moved to 36 Smithford Street, Coventry, Warwickshire, by 1911 to work with a Chemist and Druggist. He enlisted and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 23094) and later transferred to the Labour Corps (Service No. 622879). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Eva Lucy Freer in the Birmingham South, Warwickshire, Registration District in 1925 and they went on to have one son. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 84 Burman Road, Solihull, Warwickshire, described as a Finance Representative. His death was recorded at the Banbury, Oxfordshire, Registry in 1977.