Corporal 969 PERCY CHARLES SOMERSET of ‘D’ Company, 7th Battalion Australian Infantry died on 2 August 1916 in No.5 Northern General Hospital, Leicester.
He enlisted at the age of 21 on 21 August 1914 in Bendigo, Victoria at which time he gave his occupation as line repairer. He told the recruiting officer that before emigrating he had served in the 25th (County of London) Cyclist Battalion of the London Regiment. After service in Gallipoli he arrived in France on 31 March 1916. He was promoted to corporal on 21 April. On 25 July 1916 the battalion was involved in the fight for the village of Pozieres. D Company’s casualties were 12 dead and 35 wounded. Percy Somerset sustained severe gun shot wounds to his right thigh and was evacuated to hospital in England.
He was buried in Ladywell cemetery on 7 August 1916.
Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and on the war memorial at Christ Church, Forest Hill.
He was the son of Mr. And Mrs. C. E. Somerset, of 8, Kemble Rd., Forest Hill.
Battalion war diary
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