Percival was born in 1897 and he was the oldest child of Edward and Amy Murray who lived in Bow, East London. Edward was the manager of a tea merchant's business. Edward and Amy also had two daughters: Amy Gladys (born 1898) and Doris Marjorie (born1902).
By 1911, the family had moved to Forest Gate, East London and Percival was still in attendance at school. As the school leaving age was twelve years Percival was staying on at school for longer than was required by the law. However, as we know that his uncle Maurice had had a better education than was the norm, it is probably safe to assume the same applied to Percival's father, Edward, and to Percival himself.
Edward had been employed in clerical / managerial work since leaving school and had clearly benefited from his education.
Percival's employment before the First World War is a matter of conjecture. However, what is documented is that he joined the 5th (City of London) Battalion of the London Rifle Brigade. The London Rifles were part of the territorial forces which had been re-mobilised on the outbreak of war and re-formed at Bunhill Row, City of London, in August 1914. Exactly when Percival joined up is unclear although the records show that it was at Bunhill Row.
What is not unclear is that Private Percival E. Murray arrived at the Western Front on the 22nd September 1915.
Sometime later, Percival was promoted to Lance Corporal and transferred to the 18th (County of London) Battalion of the London Irish Rifles.
Lance Corporal P.E. Murray was killed in action on 21st March 1918.
This was the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of St. Quentin phase 21 - 23 March, so presumably this is where he died.
He is buried in the Faubourg d'Amiens cemetery in the town of Arras alongside almost 40,000 other soldiers who lost their lives in that area.
Percival Edward Murray was the nephew of Maurice John Arthur Murray (1880 - 1940) and therefore the cousin of Rose Murray (1908 - 2006), my husband's mother.
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