HARTLEY, Trafalgar Percy

No.TF/203367, Private, Trafalgar Percy HARTLEY
Aged 33

2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment)
Killed in Action presumed on Wednesday, 1st August 1917

Trafalgar Percy Hartley was born in Cavendish on 2nd January 1884 (Sudbury Q1-1884 4A:628), baptised in St Mary's, Cavendish on 24th February 1884, son of James Edward and Mary Ann HARTLEY (née BROWN).
His father had first married Eliza CLARK in 1853, their son Henry Perry HARTLEY being born in 1856. Eliza died in 1875. His mother appears to have had a daughter, Florence, in 1862 and married James Edward HARTLEY in 1876

1891 census...Percy, aged 7, he was at High Street, Cavendish with his father James HARTLEY [58] farm labourer; his mother Mary A [50] and sister Alice R [11]. All were born in Cavendish

1901 census...Trafalger, aged 17, a brewer's labourer, he was at Lower Street, Cavendish with his parents and sister Alice

1911 census...Percy, aged 27, a farm labourer, he was in Cavendish with his parents (father retired) and sister Alice

He enlisted in Cavendish on 11th December 1915. Giving his age as 31 years 343 days, a farm labourer, he was 5 feet 7.75 inches ( 172.1 cm) tall, chest 36" to 38.5" (91.4 to 97.8 cm), weighing 144 lbs 965.5 kg). next of kin was his mother Mary Ann HARTLEY of High Street, Cavendish. He was placed on Reserve and not mobilised until 22nd January 1917.
He embarked at Folkestone 12th June 1917 for Boulogne with 8th Battalion and he joined the 2nd Battalion on 28th June. He was reported first as wounded, then as wounded and missing on 1st August 1917 and was presumed to have died on that date. On the "living relatives" form on 29th May 1919 his mother declared his father was dead, she was living at HIgh Street,Cavendish, his half brother Henry Perry HARTLEY [63] was at 252 Corfield St, Bethnal Green,London and his sister Alice Rosalind HARTLEY [39] was at home with his mother.
Mrs A.R.JARMIN signed as receiving his medals on 19th November 1921, presumably his sister (now married)

On the 31st July the battalion, with the 2nd Devons and 2nd Scottish Rifles captured Westhoek Ridge and consolidated on the eastern slope. On 1st August they resisted several counter attacks and were then relieved by the 8th South Lancs and 11th Cheshires and marched back to DOMINION CAMP

CWGC records show 39 killed on 1st, only 13 with known graves.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Trafalgar Hartley is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres panels 49 and 51

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