Cann from Melbury Hill

Percy Brockway

Surname: Brockway
Other names: Percy
Other people in this story:
Walter George Brockway
Martha Brockway née Barter
Nellie Charlotte Mabel Brockway née Farnfield
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Cann Common, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Poole, Dorset

Percy Brockway was born at Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset on 23 Sep 1896, the son of Walter George Brockway and Martha Brockway (née Barter). He lived all of his life in the area apart from when on Military Service. He enlisted on 22nd November 1914 and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service Nos. 2237 and 461450). He served in France from 13 Feb 1917 with the 2nd/3rd Wessex Field Ambulance as a Stretcher Bearer and Water Carrier and as a result he suffered from a severe hernia due to heavy lifting and he was also wounded in action on 26 Oct 1918. He was demobilized on 15th February 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He had also applied for a pension but received a one off gratuity of only £35. The 1921 Census shows he was living as a Boarder in Cann Common, Shaftesbury, where his mother was working as a housekeeper. He was working as a Dairyman at the time. His marriage to Nellie Charlotte Mabel Farnfield was registered in Poole, Dorset, during 1927 and there was one child of the marriage. By the 1939 Register he was living at 1 Hillside Cottages, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, employed as a Cowman. He died on 27th January 1964 and was buried in the New Yard Cemetery, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset on 31st January 1964. Source: Based on original research by Ken Baxter.

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