Moston, Percy J

Percy John Moston, Private 152505, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Killed in action 23rd August 1918 in France, aged 21

 

EARLY LIFE

Percy John Moston was born in Fallibroome, Macclesfield in 1897, the only son of Elizabeth and John Moston, a farmer. In 1901, three-year-old Percy was living at Green Bank, Wilmslow Road, Mottram St Andrew with his parents and sisters Lillian (12), Jessie (9) and Evelyn (6). By 1911 the family had moved to 84 Arbourhay Street and Percy had another sister, Gladys, then aged 7.

Percy was educated at Daybrook Street School in Hurdsfield.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Percy joined the South Lancs Regiment with service number 31459 in Macclesfield and was drafted to France. He was wounded in late 1916 and returned to France after recovery. He was repatriated to England to receive treatment after being gassed, and was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps with service number 152505 on his return to France.

It is not known exactly when Private Moston lost his life but he was assumed to have been killed in action on or shortly after 23 August 1918.

On 22 November 1918, the Macclesfield Times reported that Private Moston had been killed in action:

PTE PERCY JOHN MOSTON, killed in action, was the son of Mr and Mrs Moston, 84 Arbourhay Street. Twenty-one years of age, Pte Moston enlisted in the South Lancs Regt about two years ago. He was wounded a little over a year ago, and on going to France again he was gassed. After a period of convalescence in England he was again drafted out to France and attached to the Machine Gun Corps. Pte Moston was educated at Daybrook Street School and attended the Parish Church. Prior to enlistment he was employed by Mr Braddock, wholesale confectioner.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Percy Moston is buried at the Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette, France, in grave ref. II. A. 2. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Percy Moston, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Locally, Private Percy Moston is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park GreenTown Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Times: 22 November 1918


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