Percy John Dunkley was born in Newbold upon Avon in 1889. His parents were William and (Mary Elizabeth nee Neale) Dunkley. In the 1911 census they had been married for 35 years with 12 children born alive one subsequently died.
Percy was the 5th child aged 22 born in Newbold and was a general labourer. Harry’s father William, a bricklayer, was born in Thurlaston They were living at 167 Abbey Street, but later that year they moved to 15 Chester Street.
On 9 Sept 1916, the Rugby Advertiser published the following article:
“A Fighting Family” Fewer families have a better war record than that of Mr and Mrs Dunkley of 15 Chester Street, Rugby. There are five sons in the army including two have been reported missing for sometime past. William Albert, the eldest is in the Kings Royal Rifles, and he has a son serving with him in Salonica. Walter Ernest has served his time with the Royal Warwicks and has just rejoined the army from regiment. Harry, who joined the Royal Warwicks has been missing since July 30th and Percy John of the Lancashire Fusiliers has been missing since July 25th. The fifth son Arthur Rowland is serving with the Labour Battallion. A sixth member of the same family (Alfred Thos Dunkley) has been discharged from the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry on medical grounds and is now employed in a Controlled factory. Mrs Dunkley has two brothers serving in France and two of her nephews are in the army.”
We can assume that the P J Dunkley on the Rugby memorial gates is the missing Percy John of the Lancashire Fusiliers. However there is no mention of Percy John Dunkley on the CWGC site. There is a private Alfred Dunkley, 16330, 20th Bn, Lancashire Fusiliers who died on 25 Jul 1916.
The medal Roll index has private Percy John Dunkley, 16530 of the Lancashire Fusiliers. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
The medal roll for the Lancashire Fusiliers lists Percy John Dunkley, 16530 as eligible for the Victory and British War medals.
The Army Registers of Soldiers Effects lists Percy John Dunkley, 16530, death presumed on 25 Jul 1916. His next of Kin is his mother, Elizabeth.
In the database “Soldiers who died in the Great War” Alfred Dunkley enlisted, in Rugby, as a private in the Lancashire Fusiliers. With a regimental number of 16530 he died on 25 Jul 1916.
Presumably Percy John enlisted as Alfred and died under that name on 25th Jul 1916.
He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial as A Dunckley and Rugby Memorial Gates as P J Dunkley.
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