Other names: Percy
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyFrance & FlandersMenin Gate Memorial, YpresHigh Street, ShaftesburySt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburyHoly Trinity Church, ShaftesburyLondonParsons Pool, Shaftesbury
Story: Percy Hussey was born in 1894 in Shaftesbury, Dorset. He was the son of George Hussey, a bus driver, and Annie Hussey (née White). His father died in 1910. At the time of the 1911 Census he was working as a Domestic Stable Boy and living with his mother and two siblings at 9 Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury. He moved to London obtaining work as a Hotel Employee and enlisted there on 2nd September 1914, joining the 9th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own) (Service No. B/2809). His mother had by then moved to 57 High Street, Shaftesbury. Percy was posted for home duty on 4th September 1914 and on 21st May 1915 he joined the British Expeditionary Force, serving in France and Flanders. Here he was presumed killed in action on 25th September 1915. On 16th October, 21 days later his sister, Edith Mary Hussey, wrote to his unit: "I am writing for my mother to know if you can give me any news of my brother Percy Hussey 2809, 9th Rifle Brigade 42 Light Infantry Brigade 14th Light Division France as we have had a letter from his chum saying he is wounded. We enquired at the War Office and Red Cross and they referred us to you. We should be most grateful if you would let us know any news of him." There is no copy of the Military reply remaining. Percy was awarded the British War and Victory Medals as well as the 1915 Star. His name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium (Panel 46-48 & 50). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. Following Percy's death his mother was awarded a pension of 4s. 6d (22 1/2p.) per week. By 1921 she was still at 57 High Street, Shaftesbury, working on her own account as a Dressmaker. Living with her were her daughter and son, Robert, who was incapacitated. His mother died in 1936.