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Percival Drewett Lucas (1879-1916) – 2Lt 2 nd  Bn Border Regiment Percival   Drewett   Lucas    was   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   20 th    September   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   21 st    Bn   Royal   Fusiliers   (4 th    Public   Schools) Regiment on the 15 th  September 1914, just four days after the Battalion was raised. He   served   and   trained   with   the   Battalion   at   its   Epson   home   base   until   the   8 th    June   1915   when   he   applied   for   a   commission.   His commission was granted just 13 days later on the 21 st  June and he was posted as 2 Lt with the 10 th  Bn Border Regiment. The   10 th    Battalion   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 2 nd  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   1 st -   3 rd    July   in   which   a   number   of   officers   were   wounded   and Percy   was   one   of   these.   The   diary   further   records   his   death   from   wounds   on   the   6 th    of   the   month   and   his   entry   in   the   National   Probate Calendar confirms the location as 2 nd  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.
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