2/Lt. Percy Parker Fielding

Percy Parker Fielding was born in Stockport on November 20, 1885. His father, William Fielding was a designer and manufacturer of Jacquard Machines used in Textile Manufacturing. Percy was the youngest of three children and he lived with his parents, his brother and sister, a governess and a domestic servant in Wilmslow.

By 1911, after the death of his father, the family moved to Newton Heath, Manchester where he was living with his widowed mother, Annie Fielding Fielding, his brother, Arthur Fielding Fielding, and sister, May Fielding. His brother worked as an engineer and assistant to a Jacquard Machine Maker while Percy managed the design business.

He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment (Territorial Force) on January 20, 1915 and joined the 2/9th Battalion in training at Southport. In June 1915 he married Doris Stacey Birchenall, the sister of Lieutenant Arthur Gordon Birchenall of the 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment. On October 13, 1915 he embarked for Gallipoli with 10 other Officers, arriving at Mudros on October 24th and joined the Battalion on Cape Helles on October 26, 1915.

He came through Gallipoli unscathed and sailed with the Battalion to Egypt, arriving on January 18, 1916. On May 19, 1916 he was sent to hospital in Alexandria sick and on August 26 was invalided to the UK. After he recovered sufficiently he joined the 8th Reserve Battalion Manchester Regiment and was appointed acting Lieutenant on February 1, 1917 and promoted to Lieutenant on July 1, 1917. On January 1, 1918 he was Appointed Adjutant and acting Captain of the 8th Reserve Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, relinquishing the position of Adjutant and the acting rank of Captain on May 29, 1919.

His son Geoffrey Fielding was born in June 1919. A daughter, Dreena Margaret Fielding, followed in 1922 and Anthony Birchenall Fielding was born in July 1927. Percy was a textile machine factory works manager and the family lived in Stockport. He remained with the Territorials after the war and was promoted to Captain on February 5, 1921 but on November 30, 1935 was forced to relinquished his commission having attained mandatory the age limit, but retaining the rank of Captain.

Captain Percy Parker Fielding died in Stockport on February 10, 1960. He was 74 years old.