TODD, Percy

No.56735, Private, Percy TODD
Aged 18

17th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in Action on 1st June 1918

Percy Todd was born in Lawshall (3rd qtr 1899 Sudbury 4a:822) son of Herbert and Rose TODD (née MOSS)

1901 census...Aged 1, he was at The Green, Lawshall with his father Herbert TODD [30] farm labourer born Stanningfield; his mother Rose [29]; sisters Viola [5] and Alice [3]. All except his father were born in Lawshall

1911 census...Aged 11, he was at The Green, Lawshall with his parents, sisters Violet, Alice, Blanch [7] and Florence [3]. His mother had lost 3 of her 8 children.

On the pension card his mother was at The Green, Lawshall.

He enlisted in Sudbury.
The war diary has :-
AVELUY WOOD...1st June 1918..
3:25 am ..Y and Z Coy in conjunction with 3 Coys of 64 18th Lanc Fus on the right, attacked the western edge of AVELUY WOOD under cover of a barrage put down by heavy and field artillery supported by Machine Gun and Lewis Gun fire. 3:55 am..Objective reported gained, but subsequently forced back to our original front line by heavy counter attacks.
5:5 am... Both Coys reported back. Heavy casualties inflicted on enemy, many prisoners and several machine guns taken. Regiments identified 139; 179 and 133 IR (24th Saxony Division). Casualties 6 Officers wounded, O/Rks 5 killed, 64 wounded 13 missing.

CWGC has 23 of the battalion killed

photo Roy Beardsworth

Percy Todd is commemorated on the Pozières Memorial, France panels 32-34

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