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Percy was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, the son of Frederick and Ellen Bailey. They were living at 64 Ablow Street, Wolverhampton, in 1901, together with Percy’s siblings Frederick, Willie, Clara, Thomas and Harry. By 1911 they were at 22 Russell Street, together with additional siblings Bert and Maggie.

On 13 November 1912, at the age of 18, Percy enlisted with the 3rd North Midland Field Ambulance (numbers 2041, 9515 and 421086). His trade was given as “safe maker”, and he was living at 52 Baker Street, Wolverhampton. After preliminary training, he was embodied in August 1914. He received a gun shot wound in his left foot, and was admitted to Edinburgh War Hospital from 5 until 20 June 1917.

He was transferred back to the Reserve in order to carry out his work at the Weldless Steel Tube Company Limited on 22 September 1917. He married Florence Beatrice Lees in Wolverhampton in 1917, and they had two children – Thelma F. and June S. – in 1925 and 1935. Percy died in West Bromwich in 1966 at the age of 72. His name appears on the Roll of Honour of the Weldless Steel Tube Company Limited.