Other names: Percy George
Locations in this story: Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetLudwell, Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireFrance & FlandersSouth Kensington, London
Story: Percy George Horder was born in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 15 Mar 1889 and baptised there on 12 May 1889 the son of William Henry Horder, a Gamekeeper, and Emma Jane Horder (nee Trowbridge). He lived his early life in Melbury Abbas until by 1901 the family had moved to Middle Coombe, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire. Percy had enlisted on 22 May 1915 and joined the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. M2/100568). He had served in France and Flanders from 31 Aug 1915. During his time in the services he had married Emily Susan Swadding, at St. Jude's Church, South Kensington, London, on 5 May 1917. He was eventually discharged on 5 Apr 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. It was noted on his discharge that his Sclerosis had been aggravated by his service and he was awarded a small pension as a result. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 1 Council Houses, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, working as a Chauffeur despite having some incapacity. He died locally on 19 Mar 1940. His brothers, Edward Francis Horder and Bertie Edwin John Horder, also served in the conflict.