Stent, Percy Victor. Died 25th Sep 1915

Percy Victor Stent was born on the 25 June 1892 in Thames Ditton, Surrey. He was baptised on 28 August 1892 at St Nicholas Church, Thames Ditton.

Percy’s father George was born in Morden Surrey and his mother, Elizabeth, in Sunbury, Middlesex.

Three of Percy’s siblings had also been born in Thames Ditton Surrey between 1891 and 1895.   This is where Willans and Robinson had The Ferry Foundry works, before moving to Rugby in 1896. Percy’s father obviously moved the family to Rugby and in 1901 the family were living in 25 Windsor Street, Rugby. Percy’s father George was an Electric Machine Driver in a Foundry (no doubt at Willan’s Victoria Works).

In 1911 Percy lived with the family at 28 Worcester Street, Rugby and his father was a Labourer in the Engineering Works. Percy was a coremaker and his elder brother, Thomas, was an iron moulder (again possibly all at the Willans Victoria Works).

Percy enlisted into the 5th Battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Regimental number 10555. The battalion was formed at Oxford in August 1914 and placed under orders of 42nd Brigade in 14th (Light) Division. Following training, he would have landed with his Battalion in France on 20 May 1915.   He was fighting in the action to capture Bellevarde Farm, a diversionary action for the Battle of Loos, on 25 September 1915 and was killed in action. (See more about the Battle of Bellevarde Farm and the Battle of Loos on Rugby Remembers.)

At some stage Percy was promoted to Acting Corporal. Percy was awarded the Victory, British and 1915 Star Medals.

Percy Stent is remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial and on grave no. N169 in Clifton Road Cemetery, Rugby. He is also remembered on the Rugby War Memorial.



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