Other names: Percy William
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetBlack House, Sedgehill, WiltshireYew Tree Farm, Whiteparish, Salisbury, WiltshireFranceBockner End, Nr. Marlow, BuckinghamshireSwallowfield, BerkshireWokingham, Berkshire
Story: Percy William Burden was born at Sedgehill, Wiltshire, (registered at Shaftesbury, Dorset) in 1898, the son of Herbert William Burden and Mary Augusta Burden (née Coombes). The family were living at Black House, 2 Sedgehill, Wiltshire in 1901 but had moved away prior to the 1911 Census. Percy enlisted on 25th July 1916 but was not embodied until 14th Feb 1917 when he joined the 93rd Reserve Training Battalion as a Private (Service No. TR/7/7265). After appropriate training he was transferred to the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 30005) and posted to France. He was frequently in hospital due to debility and this possibly led him to be transferred to the 77th Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 396700) on 5th October 1917. He was demobilized on 9th March 1919 giving has address as Yew Tree Farm, Whiteparish, Salisbury, Wiltshire. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Minne G. Shackleford in 1936 in the Wokingham, Berkshire, Registry area. It is not known if they had children. By the 1939 Register he was living at Bockner End, Nr. Marlow, Bucks, working as a Cowman on a farm. He died at Swallowfield, Berkshire, in 1967.