Percival Burrell (1896‒1918)
Percival was born in Forest Gate, Essex on 21 October 1896, his parents being Walter Burrell (1848‒97), printer, and his wife Maude Eliza (née Mouel) (1855‒1919). He was the youngest of nine children, his siblings being: Lilian Maud (1878‒1936), Mabel Ellen (1879‒1950), Florence Mary (1882‒1962), Alfred William (1885‒1941), Herbert Walter (1887‒1916), Jesse (1887‒87), Horace John (1890‒1932) and Henry (1892‒1950). At the time of Percival’s birth, the family was living at 6 Dean Street, West Ham, Forest Gate. After Walter’s death in 1897, Maud brought her family back to Cambridge, and by 1901 was living at 6 Queen’s Terrace, Norfolk Street (Petersfield), with seven of her children and by 1911 at 67 Maid’s Causeway with three, including Percival, who was baptised at the church of St Andrew the Less on 17 March 1912.
We do not know what trade, if any, Percival entered, or precisely when he enlisted with the Essex Regiment with the regimental number 7013. He was later transferred to the 2nd Battalion, the South Staffordshire Regiment, No. 42445, where he retained the rank of Private. Percival was killed in action in northern France on 23 August 1918, his death being memorialized in the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery in the Pas-de-Calais. His brother Herbert, ten years older than he, had been killed in action at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. A photograph of Percival survives from when he served in C Company, the 2/6 Battalion, Essex Regiment at Hillinghall Camp, Harrogate, Yorkshire; this was in a packet of pictures in Herbert’s chest pocket found on the body of an enemy soldier and returned to Herbert’s wife (see illustration). The names of both men are recorded on the Cambridge Guildhall Memorial. Percival’s mother survived Percival’s death by less than a year, dying on 23 July 1919.
England census return 1901
England & Wales census return 1911
England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837‒1915
Church of St Andrew the Less, baptism register (Percival)
Church of St Botolph, burial register (Walter, Maud)
UK, Soldiers died in the Great War, 1914‒1919
UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914‒1921 and 1939‒1947
Private communications from family member Pat Hungerford
Ian Bent and Emma Easterbrook