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  • Submitted by an unknown member of Percy Colton's family during Nottingham's Trent to Trenches exhibition. Photo David Nunn
Person Details
Nottingham
Percival Charles Colton was born in 1889 and was the son of Arthur a cleaner for the G.P.O. and Harriet Colton née Ward of 7 New Street, Carrington, Nottingham. His father Arthur was born in 1871 at Carrington and his mother Harriett Ward was born in 1872 at Sheffield, they were married in 1888 their marriage was recorded in the Grantham registration district, they went on to have the following children, Percival Charles b1889, Eliza Emma b1892, Annie Mary b1896, Thomas Arthur b1898, Hilda Gladys b1904, Muriel Ethel b1905, Albert Edward b1908 and George Henry b190, all were born in Carrington. Percival Charles married his wife Ethel Mary Elliott (born 1889 ) in 1908 at Nottingham, they went on to have a son Leslie b1910. In the 1911 census Percival Charles is living at 4 New Street, Carrington and is shown as Percival Charles 22 yrs, a brass bobbin winder he is living with his wife Ethel 22 yrs and their son Leslie 1 year of age. In the same 1911 census his parents and siblings are living at 7 New Street, Carrington and are shown as Arthur 40 yrs a cleaner for the G.P.O he is living with his wife Harriett 39 yrs and their children, Eliza Emma 19 yrs a lace worker, Annie Mary 15 yrs a lace worker, Thomas Arthur 13 yrs a scholar, Hilda Gladys 7 yrs a scholar, Muriel Ethel 6 yrs a scholar, Albert Edward 3 yrs and George Henry 6 months of age. Following his death he widow re married and became Ethel Allerton and lived at 71 Constance Street, Basford,
in 1911 he is a brass bobbin winder.
26 Sep 1916
28
234646 - CWGC Website
23089
Enlisted Nottingham, residence New Basford
Private
9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Percial Charles Colton enlisted at Nottingham and served with the 9th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He had served at Gallipoli with the battalion and he was killed at the Battle of Thiepval and buried in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, France (grave reference IX F 17). He is one of six 9th battalion men buried in this cemetery; they were probably re-interred here after the Armistice.
Nottingham Post obituary (abridged), 23 October 1916: 'Colton. Killed in action September 26th 1916, Private PC Colton, Sherwood Foresters, 71 Constance Street, Basford, age 28. Wife, children. Father, mother, sisters, brothers Tom and Arthur.' In memoriam published 26th September 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “COLTON. – In loving memory of Private Percival C. Colton, Sherwood Foresters, killed in action at Thiepval Wood, September 26th, 1916. Loved too well to be forgotten. – Father, mother, sisters, and brothers Tom and Arthur (in France).” Above in memoriam is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • Submitted by an unknown member of Percy Colton's family during Nottingham's Trent to Trenches exhibition. Photo David Nunn
    - Submitted by an unknown member of Percy Colton's family during Nottingham's Trent to Trenches exhibition. Photo David Nunn
  • 23089 Private Percival C. Colton was killed in action on 26/9/1916 in The Battle of Thiepval. Photo courtesy of Ian Johnson
    Percival C Colton Grave - 23089 Private Percival C. Colton was killed in action on 26/9/1916 in The Battle of Thiepval. Photo courtesy of Ian Johnson
  • Photo published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 9th November 1916, courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
    Percival C Colton - Photo published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 9th November 1916, courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.