Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill Park & St Luke’s; Tyne Cot Memorial
Regiment: 1/6 West Yorkshire
Percy Howe was born in Eccleshill in 1893, the seventh of eight children of music teacher John Edward Howe and Maria, nee Pitts.By 1911 the family have moved to 20 Institute Road and John was now a piano tuner. Percy at 17 years of age was working as a warehouseman and packer in the warp and yarn trade. He enlisted on the 24th of January 1916 as Private 242172 in the 1/6th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. On a home leave on the 7th of February 1916 at St James, Bolton,
Percy married Betsy Ann Sharp who was 24 years of age living at 63 Chestnut Grove, Bolton Woods, and the daughter of Joseph Sharp a warehouseman. Percy was 22 years of age, a soldier of 87 Wellington Road. He left his new wife living with her father at Chestnut Grove.The 1/6th Battalion became part of the 49th West Riding Division and Percy took part in the Battle of Poelcapelle in October 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres. His Battalion were not involved in any other major battle until the Battle of Lys in April 1918 when Percy was killed in action on the
10th of April 1918, the first day of the Battle of Messines. He was 25 years of age and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial. All the five sons of John and Maria enlisted. Charles (link below) and Percy lost their lives, Edward was a prisoner of war and in 1918 both Urban and George were wounded.Percy left his effects to his widow Betsy who received £9.6.6d on the 26th July 1918 and a War Gratuity of £9.10s on the 18th November 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks