Rhodes, Percival Charles

Percival Charles Rhodes was born in the third quarter of 1888 in Saint Asaph, Flintshire.

The 1891 Census on shows that the Rhodes family were living in Chester Street, Saint Asaph. Head of the family William John Rhodes age 37, born on Oxfordshire, was a Domestic Butler by trade. His wife, Janet age 38 was born on Anglesey and their children were Rowland Harry age 11, Janet Annie age 9, William Arthur age 7, Alfred John age 4 and Percival Charles age 2.  

Ten years on we learn from the 1901 census that the Head of the Rhodes household was Janet age 47, married, a Dressmaker by trade. The children living at home were, Annie age 19, Alfred age 14, Percy age 12, and two additions to the family, Fred age 7 and Donne age 6.

The 1911 Census finds Percy Rhodes living in Manchester, 22 years of age and a Grocer’s Assistant by trade residing with the Clough family as a Boarder.

Percival’s father William John Rhodes died in the first quarter of 1914.

Record of Service Card held at Flintshire Archives Office, Hawarden.

The information given on this card by Charles Hughes is as follows, name of Serviceman,      Percival Charles Rhodes, address Elm House Saint Asaph, period of service, 4 years. Joined at the beginning of the war. Died on 4/11 1918, died of wounds at Etaples. Regimental number 23684, Royal Field Artillery.

Soldiers who Died in the Great War on

Private Percy Charles Rhodes regimental number 23684, died of wounds on 4th November 1918 in France/Flanders, he enlisted in London E.C. and his rank was Gunner.

Soldiers Last Effects on

Percival’s last effects were left to his family.

Percival was awarded The 1915 Star, The British War Medal and The Victory Medal. He entered the Theatre of War ( France) on 9th September 1915.

Percival Charles Rhodes was buried  is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

The above Newspaper article records that Percival’s brother Fred (Alfred) had arrived home after being released from a prisoner of War camp in Germany.

Discharge Form on for Private 74182, Alfred John Rhodes.

Alfred enlisted into the R.A.M.C. regimental number 48654 and was then transferred to 5/6th battalion, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers, regimental number 74182. He enlisted in Rhyl on 2nd March 1915 and served in France between December 1915 to June 1917 then Egypt between March 1918 to April 1919 where he contracted Dysentery and was eventually discharged as a result of recurring bouts of this condition.

Alfred was awarded The 1915 Star, The British War Medal and The Victory Medal.

I found a Family Tree on in the name of Perry and Raponi Family Tree where this photograph was displayed.

Trevor Donne Rhodes was Percival’s youngest brother born in 1895 in Saint Asaph.

In 1911 he was living with relatives of his mother,  Evan Thomas and his family at 66, Fountain St. Birkenhead, his trade at 16 years of age was Clerk at Brass and Copper Works.

On 1st September 1914, Tevor enlisted at Rhyl age 19 years 9 months into the Royal  Welsh Fusiliers regimental number 13036 his trade was given as Teacher, Secondary School.  He assed the initial medical examination but at a later date was found to have a Hernia and as a result of this was discharged on 6th November 1914, the reason given was “Unlikely to become an efficient Soldier.”

In 1916 he enlisted into the Royal Engineers, rank Lieutenant, date unknown but his Medal Card shows that he entered the Theatre of War (France) on 28th May 1916. He was awarded The British War medal and The Victory Medal.

On leaving the Army, Trevor Donne Rhodes entered the clergy.

Trevor died on 6th June 1944, Probate names his wife and sister Janet Annie Rhodes (spinster)

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