Other names: Percy George
Locations in this story: Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetFarnborough, SurreyAsiatic TheatreSturminster, Dorset
Story: Percy George Chown was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, during 1891 the son of Samuel Chown and Mary Ann (Annie) Chown (nee Rogers). He lived most of his early life in Cann Common, Cann, and had enlisted on 2 Jan 1909 joining the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 8658) and by 1911 was based at Alma Barracks, Blackdown, Farnborough, Hampshire, with the 2nd Battalion. He served in the Asiatic Theatre of War from 6 Nov 1914 and at some time was attached to the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 20101). He was discharged as being medically unfit for further duty on 18 Dec 1916 and awarded the Silver War Badge No. 94472. He was also awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He returned to Cann to live but he died there in 1938 and was buried at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 3 Dec 1938. His brother, John Chown, also served but regrettably died in France in 1914.