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He was the son of Henry (b. Nottingham) and Caroline Tabberer (b. Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire). Henry and Caroline were living in Leicester in 1891 and had 4 children, Percy (4 b. 1887), Winnie (2), Florence (3) and Annie (9 months). There was also a boarder, Florence Wilford. By 1901 the family was living at 6 Moore's Yard, Radford. Only three children were listed on the 1901 census, Percy (14) Winifred (12) and George (9). It is likely that Florence and Annie had died in the interim. Caroline and Henry also had two other children who did not survive childhood as in 1911 Caroline, by now a widow and living at 28 Denman Street, Radford, recorded on the census that she had had 7 children born living of whom only three still survived. At the time of this census Winifred and George were still living at home but Percy was serving with No 9 Company Royal Garrison Artillery in Gibraltar. Henry Tabberer had died by the time Percy enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1908. George's RGA service record gives his next of kin as his mother and younger brother, George, both of 28 Denman Street. However, by the time the CWGC record was compiled Caroline was living at 5, Stewart Place, Alfred St. South, Nottingham. Caroline died in Nottingham in September 1946 aged 84.
At the time of the 1901 Census he was employed as an 'errand boy post'. He joined the Royal Garrison Artillery on a short service engagement in March 1908 but was discharged for misconduct in June 1914 having completed less than seven of the eight years commitment.
26 Sep 1915
1770280 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in the Gordon Highlanders in Edinburgh
8th Bn Gordon Highlanders
He enlisted in Nottingham in the Royal Garrison Artillery on a short service engagement (8 years with the Colours, 4 years Reserve) in March 1908 at the age of 18 years 5 months (service number 28584). He joined at Dover on 26 March 1908 and was posted to No 9 Coy in Gibraltar from 23 May 1908. While in Gibraltar he was awarded 14 days detention for improper conduct on 13 February 1912, returning to duty on 27 February. Two months later he was awarded 28 days detention for not complying with an order 'etc' on 16 April 1912, remission of 4 days allowed, returning to duty on 10 May 1912. On 1 October 1912 he was posted to Home Duty (No 21 Coy), possibly in Scotland as records are noted 'Leith Fort, Glencoe'. He was committed to prison and awarded 14 days detention in September 1913 and then in June the following year awarded 14 days detention for 'missing (-)'. He was discharged from the Royal Garrison Artillery for misconduct on 18 July 1914, King's Regulations para 392 (xi) having served 6 years 117 days. He rejoined the Army in the Gordon Highlanders. He was killed in action and has no known grave; he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.
Nottingham Post obituary (abridged), 18 October 1915: ‘TABBERER. Killed in action September 26th, Percy Tabberer, Gordon Highlanders, son of Mrs Tabberer, 15 St Alban’s Street. Mother, Winnie, George and Gladys.' (Gladys may have been George's wife). In memoriam published 25th September 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “TABBERER. – In loving memory of my dear son, Percy Tabberer, Gordon Highlanders, killed in action September 25th, 1915. – Fondly remembered by mother, brother, and sisters.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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