Percival Drewett Lucas (1879-1916) – 2Lt 2nd Bn Border RegimentPercival Drewett Lucaswas the son of Alfred Lucas and Jane Drewett formerly of Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire and latterly of Hove in Sussex.Percival was born in Hove on the 20thSeptember 1879 and, after receiving his education at Mill Hill School in London, began a career as a journalist, gaining a reputation as a folklorist and genealogist. He was active in the formation of the English Folk Dance Society in 1911 and in the initiation of their “Folk Music Journal” which is still in publication today.In 1907 he married Madeleine Mary Eve Meynell, a daughter of the writer and critic Wilfred Meynell, and by the time he signed up in 1914 they had three small children.Although there is no evidence that Percival ever lived in Barns Green, or even in the local area, his widowed mother Jane retired to Warrenhurst in Itchingfield, which accounts for his inclusion on the St Nicholas Memorial.Percival Lucas signed up as a Private (Pte PS/2951) with the 21stBn Royal Fusiliers (4thPublic Schools) Regiment on the 15th September 1914, just four days after the Battalion was raised.He served and trained with the Battalion at its Epson home base until the 8thJune 1915 when he applied for a commission. His commission was granted just 13 days later on the 21st June and he was posted as 2 Lt with the 10th Bn Border Regiment.The 10thBattalion of the Border Regiment spent the war home based as a reserve brigade and it was from this reserve that Percy was drawn in May 1916 and posted to the 2nd Battalion in France.At this time the regiment was heavily involved in fighting near Morlancourt in the Somme region and the beginning of July found them in the front line trenches. The War Diary records an offensive from the 1st- 3rdJuly in which a number of officers were wounded and Percy was one of these. The diary further records his death from wounds on the 6thof the month and his entry in the National Probate Calendar confirms the location as 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville,France.As well as being remembered on the Itchingfield War Memorial, Percival’s sacrifice is also recorded on Hove War Memorial and the Mill Hill School Roll of Honour.For his service Percival Drewett Lucas was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.