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Percy Connaught Renshaw (1893-1918) - 2Lt Lincolnshire Regiment (att 2 nd /5 th  Lancashire Fusiliers) Percy   Connaught   Renshaw    was   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 14 th  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   9 th    September   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   8 th    Battalion   The   Buffs   and   spent   the   next   11   months   home   based   during   which   time   he   was   promoted   through Lance Corporal (4 th  January 1915) to full Corporal (27 th  July 1915). He   was   posted   to   France   on   the   21 st    August   1915   but   only   spent   about   six   weeks   there   before   being   returned   to   the   UK   and   shortly thereafter   being   transferred   to   the   9 th    Battalion.   A   further   year   of   home   service   followed   during   which   he   was   promoted   to   Sergeant (12 th  May 1916) and then transferred to the 29 th  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 2 nd  Lieutenant with the Lincolnshire Regiment. After   a   short   spell   with   the   3 rd    Bn   Lincolnshire   Regiment,   a   training   battalion   based   in   Grimsby,   he   was   posted   to   the   2 nd /5 th    Battalion   in France   on   the   25 th    October   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   8 th    May   and   the   24 th    July   1918   Percy   was   attached   to   the 2 nd /5 th  Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers. On   the   24 th    July   1918   the   Battalion   was   in   the   trenches   near   Givenchy   and   the   War   Diary   simply   reports   “Normal   day.   CASUALTIES;   2 nd   Lieut   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.
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