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Born: 1891, Windhill
Died: 1 January 1917
Buried: Lijasenthoek Military Cemetery, nr Lleper, Belgium
Address: 17 Wrose Hill Terrace, Wimdhill
Parents: Robert & Sarah Ann, nee Clayforth
Siblings: Two sisters
Occupation: Engine Fitter (1911)
Rank: Sapper
Rolls of Honour: Christchurch, Windhill; Rosse St Baptist Chapel
Regiment: 233 Field Corps, Royal Engineers
Percy Holgate
Percy Holgate was the son of Robert Holgate. Robert was born 1857 in Bingley. He married Sarah Ann Clayforth 28 September 1874 at St Wilfrid Calverley. Percy, an only son with two elder sisters, was born 1891 in Windhill. In 1891 the family were living lived at 6 Wrose Hill Terrace in Windhill with Robert working as a mason. Robert died in 1899, aged just 42. In 1911 widowed Sarah was living at 17 Wrose Hill Terrace
with Percy working as an engine fitter; he never married. Percy served as a Sapper with the 233rd Field Company Royal Engineers. He died 1 January 1917 and he was buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery near Leper in Belgium. Percy is remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, Windhill Parish Church and Rosse Street Baptist Chapel. A report of his death in the Shipley Times & Express published  on 12
January 1917 included: “He was a very enthusiastic member of the cricket and football clubs connected with the Rosse Street Baptist Sunday School and was also an active worker at the Crag Road Sunday School. “A very sympathetic letter has been received from the chaplain of the regiment who pays a fine tribute to the deceased soldier.” Researched and written by Colin Coates to whom many thanks.
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