1914-18          Rayne War Memorial       1939-45

In Memory of
Private 13850
2nd Bn., Grenadier Guards
who died on Monday, 25th September 1916.

War Graves Commission

    Casualty Details      1542890  



Percy Chadwick was born in Bolton (Lancashire) in 1887.
His parents were Charles and Rosina and children, in age order, were James, Rosina, Albert,Arthur, Frederick, Charles, Walter, George, Herbert, Edith, Percy and Lavina.

At the time of the 1911 census he was already in the Grenadier Guards and posted to
Pirbright Barracks, Guildford. By that time his mother was a widow living in Bury (Lancs) with two of her children, Walter and Edith. The census showed that she had had fifteen children, nine were still living and six had died.

Percy married Ella Vale at Braintree Registry Office on 21st July 1915 and they lived close to Wales Cottages in Dunmow Road. They had one son, also named Percy.

Percy Chadwick's widow re-married Jimmy Warner, who became stationmaster at Rayne (and after whom Warner Close is named). Mrs Chadwick (later Mrs Warner) was the sister of Mrs Rowe, widow of George Rowe.

Percy Chadwick is also commemorated on the Felsted Memorial.

Memorial: Grave
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THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Pier and Face 8 D
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929).

Theatre of War

The Battle of the Somme which had started in July 1916 dragged on into the Autumn of that year. On 25th September Private Chadwick was a member of the Grenadier Guards who were ordered to attack the ridge at Lesbouefs. The ridge was heavily defended and the Grenadier Guards suffered many casualties, over two thirds of the attacking force being killed or wounded