Lynn Percy

Percy Elsworth Lynn was born on 30th May 1889 in Claremont, Pickering, Ontario, Canada.

The 1891 Census for Canada on reveals to us that the Lynn family were living in Ontario (West) and the Head of the household was Daniel Lynn age 54 born in England a Farmer by trade, his wife, Sarah Catherine, age 43 born in Ontario. Their children were Anna Maria age 25 born 1866, William Edgar age 21 born 1870, a Farm Labourer by trade, Mary Jane age 19 born 1872, Frederick Benjamin age 8 born 1883, Robert Gordon age 6 born 1885 and Percy Elsworth age 2 born 1889.

The 1901 Census for Canada on shows the Lynn family living in Pickering, Ontario but it appears that Daniel Lynn was deceased as Head of the household is shown as Sarah Lynn, Widow, now a Housekeeper by trade. The children still at home were, Frederick Benjamin age 18 a Farm Labourer by trade, Robert Gordon age 16 also a Farm Labourer and Percy Elsworth age 11.

Library and Archives Canada, Attestation Papers for Private 3311505 Percy Lynn.

Percy was drafted into the 2nd Battalion of the Canadian Infantry at Uxbridge, Ontario on 22nd October 1917 and completed his basic training at Camp Niagra before embarking for England. He gave his mother, Sarah Lynn as next of kin and his trade as Painter.

Percy embarked for England on board the S.S. Themistocles and arrival in England on 25th September 1918, and was transferred to 8th (Reserve ) Battalion Canadian Infantry and posted to Whitley Army Camp  to complete training.

By the time Percy had completed his training, hostilities had ceased, therefore Percy was posted to Kinmel Camp in North Wales to await repatriation to Canada.

Kinmel Park Camp was a segregation camp used to house Canadian Soldiers awaiting repatriation to Canada after the end of WW1. Unfortunately the conditions at that time were extremely harsh with a lack of every kind of commodity, the camp was overcrowded and the services were poor, there were shortages of clothing, food and blankets. As a result of this situation, a vast number of servicemen and women became ill and many succumbed to the Influenza Epidemic or complications associated with this infection. Tragically, Percy contracted Bronchial Pneumonia, and was admitted to the Canadian General Hospital where he died on 23rd October 1918.

He is buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Bodelwyddan.

Percy is Commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.


Learn more about the other soldiers on the Bodelwyddan Memorial

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