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.

On November 24, 1914 he applied for a commission with the 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment. In January 1915, the Battalion was ordered to appoint eight supernumerary 2nd Lieutenants and he was granted a commission as one of them 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, also 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 1/9th Battalion Manchester Regiment 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 was subsequently invalided to the UK on September 6th. He spent 74 days in hospital and recovering in England before joining the 8th Reserve Battalion Manchester Regiment on November 20th and remained with them for the duration of the war, unfit to serve overseas. He 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.

He was then transferred to the 196 Territorial Force Depot of the 5th Battalion Manchester Regiment, at Wigan, as Lieutenant and Officer Commanding the Depot and remained there until October 18, 1919. During this time, his son Geoffrey Fielding was born in June 1919. He then spent 3 weeks attached to the 1st Battalion Manchester Regiment before being disembodied on November 8, 1919.

On February 5, 1921 he joined the Territorial Army Reserve of Officers as a Captain. And on June 14, 1921 he submitted his Application from an Officer on the Active List of the Territorial Force for permission to transfer to the Territorial Force Reserve. At this point he was 35 years-old and living with his family in Longsight, Manchester. His application was granted and he joined the Territorial Force Reserve Regimental List as a Captain with Class 2 fitness, (suitable for garrison duty overseas or home service).

His daughter, Dreena Margaret Fielding, was born in 1922 and Anthony Birchenall Fielding was born in July 1927. Percy was working as a textile machine factory works manager and the family lived in Stockport.

On November 20, 1935, his 50th birthday, he was forced to relinquished his commission, (under Paragraph 7, Appendix XXVI Territorial Army Regulations 1929), having attained mandatory the age limit, but retained the rank of Captain.

His oldest son, Geoffrey GW Fielding, developed tuberculosis and by October 1939 he was a patient at the Cheshire Joint Sanatorium, Loggerheads Staffordshire. The development of the streptomycin antibiotic in 1944 enabled treatment but this came too late for him and he died in 1947.

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