War Service: Percy Abbott Bankes enlisted on 15th September 1915 initially serving with the Sussex Regiment. He was then gazetted as an officer to the Royal West Kent Regiment, stationed at Chatham, in May 1917 and then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps (later Royal Air Force) in September.
His reached the rank of Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force and was awarded the Military Cross. He died on 22nd February 1919, aged 27, at Fargo Military Hospital, Netheravon, Wiltshire.
Location of Memorial:He is buried in Brockley cemetery, where his name is recorded on the screen wall listing those whose graves have no headstone.
Details: Percy Abbott Bankes was born in Brockley, Kent c.1889. In 1901 he was recorded living at 11 Endwell Road, Deptford with his parents, Joseph and Sophia, and his siblings Stanley, Guy, Cyril, Frank, Madge and Doris.
At the time of his enlistment on 15th September 1915 he was employed as a clerk and lived at 42 Hatcham Park Road, New Cross. He was described as being 5 ft 8 inches tall and weighing 140 lbs. He gave his aunt as his next of kin.
On his death, he left £139 16s 11d to his widowed aunt, Mrs Annie Louisa Abbott. His address was given as 39 Mareschal Road, Lee, Kent.
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