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Percy was the second son of Francis (also Frank) and Mary Jane (Jane) Daft (née Butler or Buckley). His father Francis was born in Nottingham in about 1858 and his wife Mary Jane in Whitwick, Leicestershire, in about 1859. They were married at Nottingham St Mary on 25 December 1878 (Daft/Butler) and had nine children, two of whom died young: Francis born and died 1880 and Louis/Lewis b. 1894 d. 1897 (J/F/M). Their seven surviving children, who were born in Nottingham, were: Harriett Gertrude (Gertrude) b. December 1878 (reg. 1879) bap. Sneinton St Stephen 7 May 1882; Jane b. 1881 bap. St Stephen 7 May 1882; Francis b. 1885. Percy b. 1887, Emily b. 1890, William Joseph b. 1892 and Hilda b. 1901. The mother's maiden name was given as 'Buckley' on the birth registrations of all their children except Harriett (Butler). In May 1882, when their two eldest daughters were baptised, Francis and Jane were living at 10 Finch Street, Sneinton. However, by 1891 they had moved to Pump Street, Nottingham, where they were living with their five children Harriett (13), Jane (11), Francis (7), Percy (4) and Emily (1). Francis snr. was a general labourer. Francis, a brewer (ale) and his wife were still living at 3 Pump Street in 1901 with their six children: Gertrude a machinist, Jane a cigar maker, Francis a general labourer and Percy, Emily and William (8) who were all at school. Their youngest child Hilda was born later that year. Francis and Jane had moved to 6 Manchester Street, Handel Street, Nottingham, by 1911. Six of their seven children were in the home on the night of the census: Gertrude a machinist (blouse manufacturer), Jane a machinist (blouse and neck wear), Percy a box cutter (cardboard box manufacturer), Emily a hosiery cutter, William an assistant engine driver (gas) (Midland Engineering Coy), and Hilda (8) who was at school. Francis, the eldest son, was a brewer (licensed victualler), and living with his wife and daughter at 19 Manchester Street. Percy's mother, Mary Jane, died on 11 September 1911 and his father, Francis, on 27 August 1922. The probate record gave Francis' address as 6 Manchester Street. According to the notice of Percy's death in the local paper, both his brothers (Francis and William Joseph) served in the war. There are two military records, a disability pension and medals/awards, for Francis which records that he served in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (8429), the Seaforth Highlanders (15758) and finally the Labour Corps (533912). Francis died on 31 January 1922, the same year as his father.
In 1911 he was a box cutter (cardboard box manufacturer)
01 Jul 1916
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1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) Percy served in France from 25 February 1915. He was reported missing on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, although his death 'on or since' that date was not confirmed until June the following year. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A). He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 22 & 23 June 1917: 'Daft. Missing since July 1st, now reported killed, Corpl. F Daft, of 6, Manchester-street. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let thy perpetual light shine upon him. Sadly missed by his father and sisters, brothers in action.' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his father Francis was his legatee WW1 Pension Ledgers: named Francis Daft and Annie (sic) Daft. Probate: Daft Mary Jane of 6 Manchester-street Nottingham (wife of Francis Daft) died 11 September 1911 Administration Nottingham 29 September to the said Francis Daft brewer Effects £158 17s. 11d. Probate: Daft Francis of 6 Manchester-street Nottingham brewer died 27 August 1922 Administration Nottingham 12 September to Harriett Gertrude Daft spinster. Effects £357 6s.
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    Percy Daft - Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (www.cwgc.org)