Percy Connaught Renshaw (1893-1918) - 2Lt Lincolnshire Regiment (att 2nd/5th Lancashire Fusiliers)Percy Connaught Renshawwas one of the six sons of Richard Thomas Renshaw and his wife Mary Hannah (nee Birch) and was born in Buckhurst Hill, Essex on the 14th August 1893.For at least 30 years father Richard was a boatman/waterman on the Thames and the 1901 census more specifically records that he ran pleasure boats. However business must have taken a down turn, as by 1911 he was a house painter in Laughton, and by 1914 Richard and Mary were in South Lodge, Barns Green with Richard working as a carpenter. This is the address that Percy, and two of his brothers who also served, recorded as home in the 1918 Electoral Register/Absent Voters List.Percy signed up for The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) at Canterbury on the 9thSeptember 1914 as Pte 3711. Interestingly, his Attestation Form has a number of other crossed out numbers and the crossed out name of the Royal Sussex Regiment on it as well. The medical examination section of the form also certifies him has fit for service in the Royal Sussex Regiment.He was posted to the 8thBattalion The Buffs and spent the next 11 months home based during which time he was promoted through Lance Corporal (4th January 1915) to full Corporal (27th July 1915). He was posted to France on the 21stAugust 1915 but only spent about six weeks there before being returned to the UK and shortly thereafter being transferred to the 9thBattalion. A further year of home service followed during which he was promoted to Sergeant (12th May 1916) and then transferred to the 29th Training Reserve Battalion at Southend-on-Sea.It was from here that he applied for a Temporary Commission in January 1917, an application that was granted in the May when he was accepted for training with No 5 Officer Cadet Battalion in Cambridge. He graduated from the OCB in August 1917 and was granted a temporary commission as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Lincolnshire Regiment.After a short spell with the 3rdBn Lincolnshire Regiment, a training battalion based in Grimsby, he was posted to the 2nd/5thBattalion in France on the 25thOctober 1917. Percy served with the Battalion at the front until May 1918 when, as a result of a decision to reduce the Battalion to training strength, he was returned to depot.Although the War Diary does not specify the date, sometime between the 8thMay and the 24thJuly 1918 Percy was attached to the 2nd/5th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers.On the 24thJuly 1918 the Battalion was in the trenches near Givenchy and the War Diary simply reports “Normal day. CASUALTIES; 2ndLieut P.C. Renshaw and 1 OR wounded”.Although he was transferred to a Casualty Clearing Station near Pernes, Percy died of his wounds later that day and is buried in Pernes British Cemetery.Percy was awarded the 1915 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal for his service and is remembered on Itchingfield War Memorial.Percy’s service record survives and can be found at the National Archives in Kew.