Other names: Percy George
Locations in this story: Bradford Abbas, DorsetMotcombe, DorsetSemley, WiltshireWandsworth, LondonSutton, Greater LondonFrance
Story: Percy George Stainer was born in Bradford Abbas, Dorset, on 23 Feb 1890 the son of Walter George Stainer and Mary Emma Stainer (nee Pavitt). He lived his early life in Bradford Abbas until the family moved firstly to North End Lane, Motcombe, Dorset, and later to Church Green, Semley, Wiltshire, whilst the father maintained his employment on the railway. Percy had served prior to the war with the Army Service Corps on a Territorial basis and had completed an engagement of four years before being discharged. At the outbreak of war he was working as a Groom and Gardener and enlisted on 11 Nov 1914 as a Private with the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry (Service No. 1197). However he was discharged on 19 Jan 1915 as being unlikely to make an efficient soldier. No other reason was given. He had moved to Wandsworth, London, where he married Irene Ball (nee Hanslip), the widow of Samuel Wilfred Ball who had died in France on 19 May 1919 whilst serving with the Labour Corps, on 17 Oct 1920. By the time of the 1939 Register Percy was living at 115 Strathville Road, Wandsworth, London, working as a Railway Shunter for the Southern Railway. His death was recorded in Sutton, Greater London, in 1987.