Percival was born in 1898 in Forest Hill, the son of Thomas and Charlotte Paine. He had an older brother (Reginald, who was killed in action in 1915) and younger brothers and sisters (Alfred and Emily). In 1911 the family were living in Brownhill Road, Catford: Thomas was listed as a barber/shopkeeper: Reginald was also in the barber trade.
By the end of the war, the family were recorded as living in Welling – The East Wickham War Memorial Committee 1920 Minute book lists Percival’s address as “? The huts ? Joined dist. Recently “ His name was however added to the memorial tablet placed in the East Wickham and Welling War Memorial Hall.
Percival joined the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in a special section – The Church Lads Brigade (16th Battalion). Percival’s service records have not survived, but there is information concerning his Battalion. This unit was raised at Denham, Buckinghamshire in September 1914 by Field-Marshal Lord Grenfell, Commandant of the Church Lads Brigade, from current and previous members of this organisation. After initial training close to home they joined 100th Brigade, 33rd Division at Clipstone Camp in June 1915 and moved to Perham Down for final training .
They proceeded to France on the 17th of November 1915 landing at Le Havre. In 1916 they were in action in the Battles of the Somme. In 1917 they took part in the Arras Offensive, plus actions on the Hindenburg Line, the Operations on the Flanders coast and the Third Battles of Ypres. In 1918 they were in action in the Battles of the Lys, the Battles of the Hindenburg Line and the Final Advance in Picardy.
Percival was killed in action on 17th April 1918: he has no known grave but his name is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial. He was 20 years old.
The Trust has commemorated Percival Paine on the online war memorial as his family moved into the area. There is no current evidence that Percival lived in East Wickham or Welling himself and therefore no plans to add his name to our memorial in St Michael’s Church.
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Commonwealth War Graves Commission cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1635907/PAINE,%20PERCIVAL