Percy Charles Pilgrim (1887‒1915) was a Private (1805) in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), stationed at the 1st Eastern General Hospital, where he died on 5 June 1915, aged 28. He is commemorated in this cemetery by both a Commonwealth War Grave and an inscription on his family’s grave.
Percy was born in 1887 in Cambridge. He was the only surviving child of William Charles Pilgrim and Jane Pilgrim (née Parker). However, he had two older surviving half-siblings by his mother: Lily Louisa Parker (1875–1940); and William John Parker (1878–1959). His mother had actually had six children of whom only three survived. His father worked as a barman, labourer and then a tram driver of horses. The family grew up at 5 Nelson Street and then 84 Fitzroy Street, Cambridge. Percy became a driver with the Cambridge Tramway Company like his father.
Percy married Mary Amelia Beales in 1910 in Cambridge. They had two daughters: Mabel Phyllis Beatrice (1910–70); and Ivy Jeanette Mae (1912–99). Percy enlisted as Private (1805) in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was attached to the 1st Eastern General Hospital in Cambridge. He died of “scarlatina malinga 5 days” (scarlet fever, which is treated with antibiotics today) at the Sanatorium on 6 June 1915. The funeral took place with full military honours at Mill Road Cemetery on Wednesday, 9 June 1915.
According to the Cambridge Independent Press the private mourners were “Mrs. Percy Pilgrim (widow) [Mary Amelia Pilgrim née Beales (1884–1946)], Mrs. Pilgrim (mother) [Jane Pilgrim née Parker (c1854–1923)], Mr. Parker (brother-in-law) [half-brother, William John Parker (1879–1959)], Mrs. Aslip (sister) [half-sister, Lily Louisa Haslop née Parker (1875–1940)], Mr. Aslip (brother-in-law) [Robert Haslop (1876–1958)], Mrs. Parker (sister-in-law) [Mabel Maud Parker née Warren (1882–1963)], Mr. Beales (father-in-law) [John Robert Beales (1855–1924)], Mrs. Beales (sister-in-law)”.
In addition, “… floral tributes were received as follows: – In affectionate and loving remembrance of my dear husband [from Mary Amelia Pilgrim née Beales (1884–1946)]; In loving memory of our dear brother, from Jack and Mabel [from William John Parker (1879–1959) and his wife, Mabel Maud Parker née Warren (1882–1963)]; For dear dad, Mabel and Lucy [from Mabel Phyllis Beatrice Pilgrim (1910–1917) and her younger sister, Ivy Jeannette Mae Pilgrim (1912–1999)]; In loving memory of our dear brother, from Lily and Bob [from Lily Louisa Haslop née Parker (1875–1940) and her husband, Robert Haslop (1876–1958)]…”.
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Percy Charles Pilgrim funeral report
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Parish : St Edward
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Cambridge First Eastern Hospital Roll of Honour (with photographs)
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