Percy was born in Wolverhampton in 1892, the son of Edward and Sarah Ann Roberts. They were living at 15 Green Lane in 1901, along with Percy’s siblings Ernest, Victor and Beatrice (or Beattie). In 1911, he was living with his parents at 30 St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton, along with additional sister Doris. Percy was a bricklayer’s labourer.
Percy enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), with Regimental Number 11126. On 14 August 1915, the Midland Counties Express announced that he had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. According to the newspaper, he
knew where a certain German listening patrol was located, went out with a platoon officer, a sergeant, and a few men. Within a radius of ten yards of their listening post the enemy had cut the grass very short, so that the British patrol could not get any nearer. Whether the Germans saw this officer of the Cameronians looking with his field glasses through the long grass or not they got out of the little trench they occupied. The British officer fired, and instructed Roberts to throw two bombs. He did so, and the officer continued firing till his magazine was empty. Then he made a dive for a ditch, but got wounded. Roberts carried him out of danger and would have placed him right in the ditch, but for the fact that the rest of the party had retired, that he had not his rifle with him, and that he heard someone crawling after him. He laid down in the long grass, and after a while went to the trench for help, returning with another officer and a sergeant, who carried the wounded officer in, but on examination he was found to be dead.
His medal card also states “Deserter 1-1-16”, but I have not been able to find out any more about Percy’s life.