Percival James Harding

Surname: Harding
Other names: Percival James
Other people in this story:
Rudolph James Harding
Mary Harding née Down
Eva Lucy Harding née Freer
Harold George Harding
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Coventry, Warwickshire
Birmingham, Warwickshire
Solihull, Warwickshire
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Bleke Street, Shaftesbury

Story:
Percival James Harding was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 7th August 1890 and baptised at Cann, Shaftesbury, on 31st August 1890, the son of Rudolph James Harding and Mary Harding (née Down).  He lived his early life with the family at 4 Bleke Street, Shaftesbury. By 1911 he had moved to 36 Smithford Street, Coventry, Warwickshire, 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 after discharge he 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, and was described as a Finance Representative.  His death was recorded at the Banbury, Oxfordshire, Registry in 1977.

Percival's brother Harold George (b.1878) also served in the war, with the Dorsetshire Regiment.

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