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Covering the villages of Wilsden and Harecroft


Percy Calvert

Trooper  Calvert, Percy     175790    1st/ 1st  Yorkshire Dragoons Yeomanry (Queens Own)


Born at Tweedy Street, Wilsden, son of Adam and Susan Calvert he had several brothers and sisters, Lottie, Alice, Harry, Florence, Gertie and Janie. The family later moved to Peel Street.

Percy enlisted in Bradford. The Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons were Cavalry, but by the end of 1917 it became apparent that there was no longer a great need for the Cavalry in modern warfare and in February 1918 they were broken up and the Yorkshire Dragoons were converted into a cyclist unit, much to their disgust.

 Bradford Weekly Telegraph.   “ Trooper Percy Calvert, Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons (Cyclist Regiment) son of the late Mr Adam H. Calvert and Mrs Calvert of 1, Peel Street, Wilsden, was killed in France on September 16th. He was at work in a trench along with others when a bomb dropped in the midst of them, killing five and wounding three. His death was instantaneous. He was 23 years of age and volunteered for the Army in October 1915, going to France in July 1916. His officers and pals, in writing to Mrs Calvert, speak in the highest terms of his bright, cheerful and willing disposition, and say how they will miss him. Before joining the Army he worked for Mr Frank Pickles, grocer, Wilsden.”

Percy died on 16th September 1918 aged 23, and was buried at Hagle Dump Cemetery, Ypres.

Grave No.  VI. B. 1