Project Description

PERCY TODD 1885–?

RGA

Brother of Albert, Arthur and Bertie Todd

Born 1885, Radcliffe on Trent

Baptised 16th January 1886 St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent

1891 Census

Age 5, living on Cropwell Road, Radcliffe on Trent with father William 51, a railway signalman, mother Harriet 42 and siblings John 14, Sabina 12, Walter 9, George 7 and Albert 3.

1901 Census

Age 15, an errand boy, living at the Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent, with parents William and Harriet and siblings Sabina 22, a shopkeeper, Walter 19, a railway porter, George 17, a railway clerk, Albert 13, butcher’s boy,  Bertie 9, Dorothy 7, Annie 3 and Arthur 2. Father, William, was a railway signalman. The house had six rooms.

1911 Census

Age 22, living and working as a porter at the Portland Hotel, Nottingham.

Military Service

Enlisted at Hucknall on 29th August 1914, age 25 yrs 247 days.

Occupation hotel cook. Height 5ft 5¼ins, weight 134 lbs, chest 36½ ins. Eyes blue, hair fair. Religion C of E. Physical development good.

Home address Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent

Next of kin: father, William Todd, mother Harriet, brothers Albert and Edward, Forge Yard, Harlequin.

Rank: Private

Service Number: 96300, later 81655

Military Unit: 169th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, later 4th Battery, 1st Battalion, Reserve Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Theatre of War: did not serve abroad due to illness

4.9.14: Posted, service no. 96300

16.11.14: Medical report: ‘Epilepsy Grand Mal. The man has been known to have had 7 fits per diem’. Discharged medically unfit and not likely to become an efficient soldier

28.7.15: Re-enlisted in Nottingham, age 26 yrs 6 mths.

Occupation: Boots (Hotel).

Next of kin: father, William Todd, Radcliffe.

28.7.15: Posted No.1 Depot, RFA, service no. 81655

10.8.15: Vaccinated, Newcastle upon Tyne

25.8.15: Posted 4(R) Battery RFA

28.10.15: Medical officer’s report: ‘On the 3rd Oct 1915 while cleaning harness, was seen to stagger and fall, in falling ….. all an …., causing severe contusion to face – was examined by me a few seconds afterwards and found to be in a state of epileptic coma. He corroborates the history as related by the Superintendent and D.C.C. of the Nottinghamshire Constabulary in the letter herewith accompanying. The disease was not contracted in or as the result of military service.’ There is no accompanying letter in the service records.

5.11.15: Discharged not likely to become an efficient soldier

NB A note at the top of his second attestation form states: Service in the Field at home and abroad

Medals Awarded: ineligible

1939 Register

Not found

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent with parents and siblings.