Percy Claude Standeven, Joiner Survived the War and Retired to Australia

Percy Claude Standeven was born on the 24th of March 1881, in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. His parents, William (38) and Mercy Standeven (37), were Methodist’s. He was baptised on the 28th of April 1881 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Chapel Allerton by W. G. Hall. Percy had 4 older siblings: Thomas Henry, Frederic A, Frank William, and Jane. When he was 1 month old Percy was living at Cross Roads, Chapel Allerton. His name was recorded on the census as Percy James Standeven. It is possible that this was an older brother who died. Given Percy’s young age, it is seems they later changed his middle name to Claude. William owned his own Draper’s shop, with a live-in assistant, Andrew Midgley. He could also afford a live-in domestic servant, Eliza Wilson. It is noteworthy that at the time the census was taken, Frederic was not living with the family. They also had a visitor, Matthew Hirst, staying with them.

By 1891 the family had moved to 32 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton. They now only had one non-family member living with them, Harriet Skirrow their new domestic servant. Mercy was now working as her husband’s Draper’s Assistant. Frank William had left home, and Frederic had returned. Mercy had another son, William, around 1883. Thomas worked as an assistant, and Frederic was a printer’s compositor.  By 1901, Percy had started work as a Carpenter. The family still lived in the same house except Harriet had moved out and Frank had moved back in. Frank took over from his mother as Draper’s Assistant. Frederic still worked as a Printer’s Compositor, William was a bricklayer, and it is unclear what work Thomas had undertaken.

Sometime between 1901 and 1911 Percy’s father, William passed away. In 1911 Percy lived at 34 Banstead Grove, Leeds with his mother, Mercy, and sister, Jane. Percy was a carpenter for a building contractor. Jane now worked as a Draper’s Assistant. Neither Percy nor Jane was married. In 1916 Percy was a joiner and carpenter working on the colliery housing for the contractor’s Thomson and Dixon. At this time he was living at Great Central Avenue, Doncaster. Thomson and Dixon applied for exemption from conscription on Percy’s behalf and it was recommended against. It is unclear where he served.

In 1920 Percy married Elizabeth Ellis in Scarborough, she was 4 years younger than him.  By 1924 they were living together at 4 Mansfield Road, Doncaster. In 1925 they moved just down the street to 45 Mansfield Road, and lived there at least a year. Before 1939 they had moved back to Percy’s birth town of Chapel Allerton, Leeds. They lived at 70 Miles Hill Crescent, and Percy still worked as a joiner. They stayed at this address until 1958, by which time Percy had retired.

On the 29th of April 1958 Percy and Elizabeth set off for Sydney, Australia on the Strathnaver, a P&O Ferry. Just under a month later they arrived in Australia. At first they lived at 30 Leybourne Street, Chalmer, Brisbane, Queensland. In 1963 they were living at 33 Brickfield Road, Aspley, Petrie, Queensland. On the 7th of August 1963 Elizabeth passed away. Percy lived at the same address until he too passed away in 1969.

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