Joseph Edwin Percy's Story.
Joseph Edwin Percy Boyle was born in Macclesfield in 1885, the son of Mary (née Whittaker) and Joseph Boyle. He was usually known as Percy. In 1891, five-year-old Percy was living at 6 Statham St with his parents and siblings Emma (18) and Frances (14).
Percy's father died in 1893. His mother later lived at 53 Old Park Lane, Macclesfield.
Percy joined the 4th Cheshire Regiment in Macclesfield on 10 December 1900, transferring to the Royal Army Medical Corps with service number 14929 on 31 January 1901. He stated that he lived at 98 Arbourhay St, Hurdsfield and was employed as a reed or harness maker by Mr Johnson. At the time of the 1901 census Percy was in the barracks at Aldershot. Percy served in South Africa from 5 September 1901 until 26 May 1904 and was discharged to the Army reserve on 28 May 1904. He finally completed his Army service of twelve years on 27 January 1913.
Percy probably re-enlisted soon after the war broke out. He was drafted to France on 9 February 1915 and served with the 111th Field Ambulance, which was in the Somme area of France in 1918.
The circumstances of Percy's death are not known.
Private Percy Boyle has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Percy Boyle, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Percy Boyle is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael's Church war memorials, and on the St John's Church roll of honour.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901
Cheshire BMD: Deaths
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
WWI British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards
British Army Service Records
WWI Pension Record Cards (WFA/Ancestry/Fold3)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.