2/Lt. Percy Aspden Woodhouse

Percy Aspden Woodhouse was born in Blackburn on July 21, 1893. His father, Charles Harrison Woodhouse, was a commercial salesman. Percy was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn and by 1911 he was living with his parents, three younger sisters (Winifred Mary, Kathleen and Dorothy) and a domestic servant at Adelaide Terrance, Blackburn. He was working as a salesman in the cotton business at Messrs. J. H. Agnew and Bro, cloth agents, Manchester.

Shortly after the outbreak of war, on September 2, 1914, he joined the 12th Reserve Cavalry Regiment as a private (#16950) and after six months training in Aldershot was awarded a commission with the 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment Territorial Force on April 29, 1915. He joined the 2/9th at training in Southport and moved with them to Pease Pottage in June 1915.

On August 2, 1915 2/Lt. Percy Aspden Woodhouse embarked on His Majesty’s Transport Ship Arcadian along with 3 other Officers and 145 other ranks en-route to Mudros where they arrived on August 19th and joined the Battalion at Cape Helles on August 22nd. Two weeks later he was taken sick to hospital. He died of dysentery on the Hospital Ship Delta on his way back to England.

2/Lt. Percy Aspden Woodhouse died on September 11, 1915 and is buried at sea. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. He was 23 years old.

The Empire (or Cape Helles) Memorial
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