11238 Pte Percy WARRINER 6th York and Lancaster Regiment.
Died of wounds 30th August 1915
Percy was born at St Matthews, Sheffield in 1891. The 1891 census shows him living at 14 Lightwood Road, Sheffield with his parents Herbert and Mary. Later census records show him at the following addresses:- 1901 3 Convent Walk Sheffield, 1911 132 Commonside Sheffield.
He enlisted into the service at sheffield on 28th August 1914 at the age of 23 when he can be seen at this time to have married Ruth Amelia, have one child, employed as a shoe blade grinder and living at 31 Darwin Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield. However later correspondence also shows a connection with 67 Fircroft Road, Shiregreen, Sheffield.
Percy entered the theatre of war in Gallipoli on the 2nd July 1915. It is here on the 21st August 1915, during heavy fighting, that he received wounds so severe he was evacuated to Alexandria. Here his life was to end on the 30th August 1915. The Divisional war diary for the 21st shows the 6th York Lancaster involved in the effort to take Chocolate Hill. A battle that took a very heavy toll on the British units involved.
The padre who no doubt was by his side at some time wrote to his wife as follows:-
15 General Hospital Alexandria – 30 Aug 1915
Dear Mrs WARRINER
You will have received information from the war office of your husbands death and I wish to offer you my deep sympathy and give you some details which you will not otherwise know. He came in here on Saturday very badly wounded. He had been hit by two bullets one in each side of the abdomen and the bullets had penetrated the intestine. The doctors operated yesterday to try to save his life but he passed away this morning about 11 o’clock.
The nursing sister told me that she did not think he was conscious of much pain. He was restless and apparently uncomfortable through the night but she thought it was the result of the chloroform. He was not able to send any message to you. It is a heavy price you have paid for your husbands devotion to to the call and need of the country, but you know that he has died like a man fighting in a righteous cause which is truly the cause of God. May God comfort you in your loneliness and sorrow.
With deep sympathy, yours sincerely HH RANKINE, Chaplain.
The following articles survive along with Percy’s medal group.
Percy now lies at rest in the Alexandria – Chatby – Military and War Memorial Cemetery.