Roger writes... "I think it is appropriate to note that it is ninety years ago today, Sunday 20th July 2008, since
one of Sutton's sons, my father's cousin, Percy Hargreaves, was killed in France on the 20th July 1918. Percy was a
Private in the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington's (West Yorkshire Regiment). I believe the photo was taken
just before he was sent abroad. Percy was only nineteen years of age and my father used to say he had only been in
France for six weeks when he died of his wounds. Percy's name is recorded on the Sutton war memorial and he is buried
in the small churchyard of the village of St Imoges which is south of the city of Reims and a few miles north of the
town of Epernay which is in the centre of the Champagne growing area. The church yard contains approximately seventy
1914-1918 war graves, with British and French soldiers in adjoining areas. As in all CWGC cemeteries it is
immaculately looked after.
Percy was the son of Alfred and Etty Hargreaves of 'Holly Bank' in Sutton. Alfred was my grandmother's brother who
appears with her on the photo of the family living at Wood Top Farm which appeared in the 'Gallery' earlier this year.
I must look at the records of the Regiment to see what Percy's battalion was doing, fighting so far south, away from
the main areas of the conflict. Perhaps someone could tell me via the Forum?"