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Cleall, Percy Cawdell

Cleall, Percy Cawdell, Lieut. 6th (Territorial) Battn. The Essex Regt., Temp. Capt. and Brigade Musketry Officer, 206th Infantry Brigade, 1916-1918, elder s. of George Cleall, of The Limes, Brading, Isle of Wight, by his wife, Cecilia, dau. of James Cawdell; b. Holditch, near Chard, co. Somerset, 26 Feb. 1890; educ. Peter Symond's School, Winchester where he matriculated in 1907; Hartley University College, Southampton, and University of London (Birkbeck and King's Colleges), where he graduated B.A. in 1914; was a Cadet in the University of London O.T.C. from Jan. to 1 July, 1915, when he obtained a commission in the Essex Regt.; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders during June and July, 1918, and died in a German hospital at Longavesnes 26 Aug. following, after the amputation of his left leg, rendered necessary from wounds received in action near Morlancourt on the 8th of that month. Buried at Longavesnes. His General Officer Commanding, 206th Infantry Brigade, wrote: "I looked upon him as an excellent officer, and I felt that he had a good future before him. His work for me was always well done, and I often think I never thanked him enough for it but I feel that he knew I valued his services, "and his Colonel, Lieut-Col. D. Bankes, D.S.O., M.C.; 10th Essex Regt.: "He (Lieut. Cleall) was with me throughout practically the whole of the attack on Aug. 8th, from the time when we first crossed the German front line till we reached the final objective, doing magnificent work throughout, considering it was the first time he had been under fire. I consider that his behaviour and leadership of his men worthy of very high praise indeed." De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour

Biographical

Surname(s)Cleall
First name(s)Percy Cawdell
Date of birth16 February 1890
Place of birthHolditch near Chard, Somerset
Family detailsSon of George and Cecilia Cleall of Brading I.O.W. and husband of Laura Janet Cleall.
Previous educationPeter Symond's School, Winchester; Hartley University College, Southampton
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
QualificationsB.A. Birkbeck & King's 1914
Military unitEssex Regt., 6th Bn. attd. 10th Bn.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death26 August 1918
Age at death28
Rank at deathLieutenant
Place of deathLongavesnes Hospital
Cause of deathDied of wounds
Burial placeCWGC gives Ontario Cemetery, Sains-Les-Marquion, Pas de Calais, France. O.T.C gives Longavesnes
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; South Perrot Church, Dorset
NotesSeverely wounded by machine-gun fire during the attack near Morlancourt on 8th August 1918 and died after amputation of the left leg as Prisoner of War in Longavesnes Hospital on 26th August 1918. University of London O.T.C. 1914-1918
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Soldiers Died in the Great War; University of London O.T.C. 1914-19; De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour

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