Percy David Wadey


Birth Date:
6 Sep 1893
Death Date:
25 Sep 1915
Service Branch:
9th Battalion Sussex Regiment
Service Number:

Percy David Wadey was born 6 Sep 1893 at 21 Duke St Eastbourne , brother to Issac and Wilfred of parents Isaac Wadey & Sarah Hoad, no evidence has been found that either brother served in WW1 and both lived to old age . At the start of the war he joined at Eastbourne as a wartime volunteer to the 9th Batt Royal Sussex Regt which was formed at Chichester in Sept 1914 and became part of the 24th Division , which was formed at Shoreham , as part of the Third New Army , with the Infantry units in the division being largely drawn from the units within the Western Command area , although it never adopted that title. After formation the Battalion went into camp on the South Downs around Brighton, where it often took part in recruiting marches along the seafront, here it became part of the 73rd Brigade of 24th Division and in 1914 the Battalion moved to Portslade and then in April 1915 to Shoreham and in Jun 1915 , a further move was made to Woking Surrey. In Aug the Division was inspected by Lord Kitchener and King George V and received orders to move to France with the Battalion landing at Bologne and after the whole Division reassembling between St Pol & Etables by the 4 Sept with no further training ,the 24th Division was sent straight to the front  line , and was placed in reserve near Bethune in the Loos area where he took part in the opening Battle of Loos on 25 Sep 1915 . With no front line or battle conditions was thrown into the offensive. The 9th Batt RSR was detached  and in reserve was forced to march a considerable distance to reach the front line , and with them being generally very tired after arriving detached from the main 24th Division with several other Battalions and took part in the fighting at Fosse 8 near the Hohenzollern REdoubt . He was killed in action in the fighting is is commemorated on the Loos Memorial panel 69-73

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