FLORY, Percival

2nd Lieutenant, Percival James FLORY
Aged 21

4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
formerly 4877 Pte 22nd TR Battalion
Killed in Action on Thursday 22nd August 1918

Percival FLORY was born in Somerton, Oxfordshire (Headington Q4-1896 3B:858), the son of Henry William and Ruth Willice FLORY (née CLEAVER).

1901 census...Aged 4, he was at 60 Charminster Road, Bournemouth, with his mother, Ruth W.FLORY [29] born in Oxford, brother William H [5] born in Chesterton, Cambridge, sister Ruth E.[3] born in Somerton, Oxon and sister Dorothy V [1] born in Bournemouth. His father Henry William FLORY [32] a merchant tailor, born in Oxford, was visiting his own mother Mary at 4 Beckett Street, Oxford.

His mother died in 1906 and his father re-married in Chelmsford on May 1st 1910 to Alice Maude KING.

1911 census...Aged 14 he was a grocer's clerk, living at St John's Lodge, Church Street, Cambridge with his father (now lay curate at St John 's); his step mother Alice Maude [23] born in Chelmsford, his brother William Henry (a bootmaker's assistant), invalid sister Ruth Mary and sister Dorothy Violet, also a brother, Arnold Augustine [8] born in Bournemouth and half sister Mona Isobel [4] born in Poole.

Records show his father as vicar at St Matthew's, Littleport and in Waterbeach before arriving at St Andrew's in Isleham. The exact dates have yet to be established.

His elder brother, William Henry died in France in March 1918. see here

and a younger brother, Arnold Augustine died in Liverpool in September 1918. see here

Enlisted in Cambridge.
The 4th Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment were trying to reach the ACHIET-LE-GRAND - MIRAUMONT railway line. The war diary entry (courtesy Steven Fuller.. www.bedfordregiment.org.uk) has:-
" At about 5.30 a.m. 22/8/18 about 100 enemy were seen leaving huts at about G.9.b.0.8. advancing in a S.W. direction to attack post at about G.9.a.6.2. They were observed by "C" Coy. on the left, fired on and dispersed - 9 dead were counted. At 6.50 a.m. a party of the enemy approached a post at G.9.a.8.1. held by the right company ("A"). They also were driven back. 2/Lieut. FLORY who was in charge of the post was killed. Later in the day strong counter-attack s were made by the enemy on the 7th R. Fus. but were repulsed."

Lt Flory was one of five men of the battalion to be killed that day.

photo; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Percival Flory is buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery- grave 21:E;11

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