Trooper Percy Enstone 11H has been honoured by Evesham Town Council by having a road named after him. The roads on a new housing estate in Hampton, Evesham have been named in honour of fallen WW1 Soldiers of the area. The idea originated from an Evesham Town Council meeting and has involved Mr Peter Stewart (RAF Retired), who is one of the two Sergeant at Arms (Mace Bearers) for Evesham.
Trooper Percy Enstone, 18587, 11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars, died on May 24, 1915, Aged 24. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
On 5th June 1915 the Evesham Journal & Four Shires Advertiser had the following entry:
HAMPTON MAN KILLED
We regret to record the death of Trooper Percy Enstone, son of Frank Enstone, parish clerk of Hampton, who has been killed in action. The news of his death was conveyed to Trooper Enstone's fiancée, Miss Ewins, of Briar-close, Evesham, by Sergt. King of his troop who found Miss Ewins's address among his dead companion's belongings.
Trooper Enstone who was a very finely built man, stood six feet one inch in height and was well made in proportion. While living in Hampton, he was a member of the church choir and also a bell-ringer. He was a keen football player and for a time was captain of Evesham Wanderers' club. He served for sixteen months in the Birmingham police force, of which his brother Frank is still a member. In September last Trooper Enstone enlisted in the 11th Hussars and left for France in October. He was wounded on November 16 in the eye and was an inmate of a Paris Hospital for five weeks, returning to duty about Christmas. He was shot and killed by a German sniper on White Monday (May 24) and was buried with all reverence in a small wood near the firing line.
Sergt. King, in communicating the sad news to Miss Ewins, speaks in the highest terms of he way Trooper Enstone carried out his duties and states that he was in every way the true type of a British soldier. His death has caused much grief to his comrades with whom he was very popular.
A muffled peal was rung on the church bells at Hampton on Sunday evening and feeling reference was made to Trooper Enstone's death by the Rev. C.F. Thomas, who is acting as locum tenens for the new
Percy was one of six children born to Frank & Mary Jane Enstone (née Preston) who were married in 1889. Frank was a Market Gardener from Cleeve Prior and Mary Jane was from Badsey. Frank died in 1947, Aged 81 and Mary Jane died in 1928, Aged 54. They are buried in Hampton Churchyard as are two of their children Mary Grace, who died in 1921, Aged 23, and Clara Jane, who died in 1943, Aged 47.
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