Percy Harold Wiggins

Rank Private
Service No 2634
Date of Death 25/09/1915
Age 26
Regiment/Service London Regiment. No.3 Company. 1st/19th Battalion.
Memorial Loos Memorial, France. This memorial, which is near Lens, commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the end of the war.

 

Percy was born in the winter of 1889 to William Wiggins (b.1851) and his wife Emily, nee Willford (b.1853), who were married in St George's the Martyr Queen Square in Holborn, central London on Christmas Day 1874. Percy had seven siblings; Emily (b.1877, called Ada in adult life), Albert E. (b.1879), Edgar C. (b.1884), Walter H.S. (b.1886), Florence Rose (b.1887-1960) and two who died in infancy.

At th time of the 1891 Census, the family were living at 43, Albion Grove, Stoke Newington, London N16. This was still their address in 1901, when William was employed as a jeweller and ornament maker, Ada was working as a dressmaker, Albert a clerk (commerical), Edgar in the jewellery trade and Walter as an office boy (commercial).

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family resided at 41, Station Road, Finchley. William, aged 60, listed his trade as manufacturing jeweller. Whilst Edgar followed his father into the jewellery trade, Ada was working as a dressmaker, Albert a chemist, Walter a bookkeeper’s clerk and Percy himself a lawyer’s clerk. All six children were unmarried and lived with their parents.

Percy enlisted with the London Regiment in Camden, and joined the fighting in France on 10th March 1915. He was killed in action at Loos.

The December 1915 edition of the St Luke's Finchley Monthly Magazine notes his death, saying that he, 'enlisted early in the war, though owing to defective eyesight, it was only through persistence that he succeeded in finding a place in the Army. He had the spirit of a true patriot and soldier.'