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A small notice under the “Local & District News” in the Express & Star 30 April 1918 states the following:

Private P. W. Start, son of Mr Montague Start, The Hollies, Hordern Road, has been severely wounded in the left leg. He was educated at St Jude’s Schools.

This relates to Percy William Start, who was born in Wolverhampton in 1899. He was the son of Montague and Leah Start, and in 1901 the family were at 68A Evans Street. Montague, Leah and Percy’s brother, also Montague, were all born in Plymouth, so clearly the family had only recently moved to Wolverhampton. The household also included an adopted daughter, Laura Guigan, and Leah’s brother, John Prowse.

Percy enlisted as a Private in the Yorkshire Regiment (number 43700) but, despite being wounded, did survive the war. He married Annie Dodds in 1929, but they do not appear to have had any children. Percy died in 1964.

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