Other names: Percy Gray
Locations in this story: Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary. WiltshireBerwick St. John, WiltshireFrance & FlandersMaubeuge, FranceEbersdorf bei Cheminitz, GermanyPaddington, LondonMaida Vale, LondonKensington, London
Story: Percy Gray Gatehouse was born in Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 5 Sep 1885 and baptised at the Independent Chapel there on 4 Oct 1885 the son of William Henry Gatehouse and Clara Madonna Gatehouse (nee Gray). He lived his early life in Ludwell until by 1901 he had moved to live at the Racing Stables in Berwick St. John, Wiltshire, working as a Stablehand. By 1911 he had joined the Cavalry of the Line (12th Lancers) as a Private (Service No. 12L/5940). His Service No. was later changed to L/13022 when he was posted to France on 15 Aug 1914. He took part in the Seige of Maubeuge, France, where the German forces beseiged the Entrenched Camp of Maubeuge from 24 Aug 1914 to 7 Sept 1914 when the British Forces capitulated. Percy, along with 32962 other soldiers, was taken prisoner of war and spent the rest of his time at a POW Camp in Ebersdorf bei Cheminitz, Germany. At the time of his release on 21 Sep 1919 he decided to re-enlist although no dates have been found when he finally left the Army. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914 Star. He married Clara May Hardiman at St. Saviours Church, Paddington, London, on 14 Aug 1920. At the time he was still serving as a Soldier. His address on the Electoral Roll for 1927 was 81 Sutherland Avenue, Maida Vale, London. He died on 23 Aug 1963 and was buried at the Kensington & Chelsea, London, Cemetery on 28 Aug 1963. His father and seven of his brothers also served in the conflict and details of their service can found on the link below.