Percy Parkin Pease was born 1888 in Doncaster, the second son of John and Fanny Louisa Pease. Percy had 3 brothers Fred, William and Horace and 3 sisters Mary, Asadelah and Florence. Percy’s father John Pease was a Railway Coach Builder and his brothers Fred and William were both Glass Bottle Blowers.
It was reported in the Doncaster Gazette in July 1916 that Percy had originally joined the Tramway Company in July 1905 when he would have been about 16 years old. He had been a motorman (driver) since 1911 and it was said that Percy was “a reliable driver and a popular member of staff.”. Percy’s younger brother Horace also worked at the Tramway Company as a conductor. Percy had joined K.O.Y.L.I. in 1914 and trained as a machine gunner. He was serving with the 1/5 K.O.Y.L.I. when he was killed during a German bombing raid on 4th July 1916. The same report also told how an officer from his company, who wrote to Percy’s mother, sent his deepest sympathy and said that he had ” always found him a most cheerful fellow” and that “as a gunner he was one of my best. I shall find it hard to replace him.”
Percy is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial and his name is also on the Hexthorpe War Memorial. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme remembers over 72,000 service men from Britain and South Africa who lost their lives in the Battles of the Somme during the First World War and who have no known grave.