Percy McGregor Stewart.

Percy was Private number 842 of the 2/1st HCB. He lived at 114 London Road, Peterborough.  He was born 4th October and enlisted 27/10/14 at Huntingdon in the 2/1st HCB.  Percy then transferred into the Machine Gun Corps.  [36th battalion as  private 43191]    

He was at Whitby, Yorkshire in 1914. He transferred to the M G C after mid 1915, and did not go to Belton Park, Grantham - the training area.  He arrived in France on October 4th 1915 - his birthday.  He was discharged from the Army 13-2-1919. 

In WWII he was in the N. Z. Reserves 21-1-1942. Died 14-5-1994. His records at Hayes Record office were destroyed. He came from Peterborough, a city about 15 miles north of Huntingdon, where two companies of HCB men were recruited from. 

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Information on photos thanks to Vaughan Cullen.  

  As viewed : -  Left = G. W. Bloodworth.  

Seated = Percy McGregor Stewart.   

Right = Isaac Reginald Hughes.

Percy McGregor Stewart.   
His photos were taken at Whitby, and he padded his shirt and uniform with papers to make him look stronger.  His rank on the photo was that of a signaller, and when he went to the M G C he carried on as a signaller.
The note on the bottom of this photo = 'Hunts Cyclist Recruits Peterborough 29/10/1914'

Old Fletton recruits 1914

The photo shows about 10 rows of four abreast with the recruiting officers milling around . Percy Stewart is on the right in the 4th row in the first photo and behind 5th from the left in the front row  head showing only.

Percy indicated that they all marched all the way to Huntingdon to join up .


The note on the bottom of this photo = 'Hunts Cyclist Recruits leaving Peterborough 29/10/1914'

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09/04/2012

. . Martyn Smith