George Percy Mann (known as Percy) was born 30 April 1899 in Eastwood, Notts. His sister Annie (my grandmother) was 1 year old. By 1911 the family had moved to Worksop where his father was a baker and confectioner. Percy was a chorister at St Anne’s Church.
Percy signed up to join the war effort with the 9th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry – service number was 39334. He was lost, presumed dead, on 26 April 1918 in Ypres, defending Kemmel Hill.
Included here are photos of Percy with his parents, in his chorister’s robes and in uniform. Also attached is a newspaper cutting that reports the dedication of a brass plaque to his memory placed in his seat in the choir stalls at St Anne’s Church – the plaque is still in place.
Percy is commemorated on the war memorials outside St Anne’s and on Memorial Ave in Worksop town centre. His mother never recovered from the loss of her only son at such a young age – he was 18 yrs old. He is listed on the memorial at Tyne Cot.
Submitted by Mary Riches.