GUY Percy


Another of Morton’s soldier sons – Private Percy Guy – as reported in last week’s Derbyshire Times – has died in the service of his country. Pte Percy Guy was the son of Mr & Mrs W Guy of Brookfield House, Morton, and he was only 19 years of age, when, along with other members of the 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, he went to France. He was badly wounded on August 8th, and little hopes were entertained of his recovery from the start, although Guy himself anticipated a speedy convalescence and from hospital wrote his parents to that effect. Unhappily, however, the grave fears as to his end were only too well founded and he died the following day. He enlisted after the outbreak of hostilities and formerly worked as a miner at one of the Pilsley pits.

Derbyshire Times: August 21st 1915 p5


The second Morton soldier to lose his life at the Front is Private Percy Guy, third son of Mr & Mrs Wm Guy, of Brookfield House Morton, who was only 19 years of age. He was in the Clay Cross Company of Territorials , and had done two camps when war broke out, and he was called up with the 6th Battalion Notts and Derbyshire regiment. His father is a stallman at the Pilsley Colliery , and deceased worked with him, being a very popular youth amongst the residents of both Pilsley and Morton, the family living at the former place before coming to Morton. As a lad he attended the Pilsley Primitive Methodist Sunday School. The first intimation received by the parents was a telegram to the effect that their son had been placed on the dangerously wounded list suffering from gunshot wounds in the right leg and right forearm, and was at No 15 General Hospital, France. On Tuesday a postcard from Percy stated that he had been wounded and admitted into hospital, but a few hours later another telegram from the authorities contained the sad intelligence that he had succumbed to his injuries. He died at 9.30 pm on August 8th. The parents have had a sympathetic communication from Sister E. M. Cowie , who is at the Field Hospital where Pvte. Guy was taken after being wounded. Deceased was a member of the Druids Society.

Derbyshire Times : 21st August 1915 p8

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