Percy Childerley D. C. M.


Percy enlisted in the H C B directly from his home town of Eltisley, in Huntingdonshire, at the H. Q. of the H C B at Huntingdon where he was given the HCB number 1378 and rank of private.   The first date known of him serving in the H C B was the 14/5/1915.  He was, at some later date transferred to the 1/5th Bat. Royal Warwickshire Regiment (T. F.) with an army number of 20757 and the Bedfordshire Regiment with an army number 51780.  He is also recorded as being a sergeant in the Beds.  Regt.  He was in the employ of  Mr. E. Newton at Croxton Park, Croxton, Huntingdonshire as a team Sawman.  [My grandfather who started this project Horace Jaikens was also in the employ of  Mr. E. Newton Croxton Park when he enlisted so may well have known Percy].

From a local newspaper dated - 1/7/1917 = Pte. Childerley, of Eltisley, is promoted to Lance Corporal, in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.  He was originally in the Cyclists.

Percy was recommended for the D C M for actions on 12th August 1918 during action on the Asiago Plain in Italy whilst serving with the 1/5th Bat. Royal Warwickshire Regt.  The award was confirmed in the London Gazette on the 17th September1918.
From a local newspaper dated  27/9/1918 = Honour for Elitisley Soldier = Sergt. Percy Childerley 203396 (Royal Warwickshire Regt.), son of Mr. J. Childerley, Post Office Eltisley, has been awarded the D. C. M.

Family information provided indicates that he survived the war and died in January 1970.  Thanks to all concerned.

On going research is being carried out to try and find out why he was awarded this honour - Many thanks to his Grandson, Pete Childerley, for help in researching this soldier.

. Percy Childerley was recommended for the DCM on 12th August 1918 in Asiago Italy whilst serving in the 1/5 Battalion The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was actually awarded the DCM on 17th Sep 1918.
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