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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Percy Hendy -


Percy Hendy, son of Isaac and Hannah Hendy. Born 1886 in Sandown. Husband of Mary Hendy (nee Rice) of 51 Surrey Street, Ryde.
Commemorated on the Ryde War Memorial

Service details

Private 331476 Percy Hendy, 2nd Bn Hampshire Regiment.

CWGC record ...

Date of Death :1 July 1917
Where buried or commemorated :Mendinghem Cemetery, Belgium
Percy Hendy was born in 1886, the youngest son of Isaac Hendy, a plasterer, and his wife Hannah. The family lived at "Cliff View", Cross Street, Sandown.

Percy worked as a porter at Yelf's in Union Road, Ryde. He married Mary Rice in 1911, (on their marriage certificate he is described as a brewer), and they had three children: William Alan, born 1912; Leonard Percy, born 1914; and Ronald James, born 1916. He mentions his three 'dear boys' in a letter to his wife which he wrote shortly before his death. This can be seen below. The letter which the chaplain, G H Peskett, wrote to his sister Jessie is also shown - this is also mentioned in the County Press report.

Percy was serving with the 2nd Bn Hampshire Regiment. On 29th June 1917 they moved to Dead Man Farm, near Boezinghe in Belgium (Ypres Salient). They were digging and making good trenches on 30th June 1917 when they came under artillery fire. Percy was one of the wounded and unfortunately died of his wounds on 1st July 1917 at Mendinghem Casualty Clearing Station 46. Buried in Mendinghem Military cemetery, his headstone bears the badges of both the Hampshire Regiment and the King's Royal Rifle Corps, since he is buried with a Rifleman of that Corps.

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Letter from Percy Hendy 21 Jun 1917 Letter from Percy Hendy 21 Jun 1917 Letter from G H Peskett Letter from G H Peskett
Percy's letter
21 June 1916 page 1
Percy's letter
page 2
G H Peskett's letter
page 1
G H Peskett's letter
page 2
IW County Press Medal Index Card Headstone
IW County Press Medal Index Card Headstone

Information and photographs kindly provided by : Martin Knowles, Percy Hendy's great grandson; Leonard Hendy's grandson

Percy Hendy
Percy Hendy Percy Hendy and family
Percy and Mary Hendy, with William and Leonard, in 1914
Page last updated : 26 March 2009


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