Childs | Percy

  • First names

    Percy

  • Age

    27

  • Date of birth

    1917

  • Date of death

    16-10-1944

  • Service number

    1430890

  • Rang

    Gunner

  • Regiment

    Royal Artillery, 75 Anti-Tank Regt.

  • Grave number

    IV. C. 13.

Percy Childs
Percy Childs
Graf Percy Childs
Graf Percy Childs


Biography

Son of Edward and May Childs from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, Engeland. Husband of Betty Eliza Childs from Calstock, Cornwall, England. Father of Michael John Childs (1944-2015).

It is October 16th, 1944 when the British gunner Percy Childs and Private D/Op Barnes drive their Bren Gun Carrier towards the wooden bridge over the Defence Canal (now Hazenhutsedijk, de Rips), driving on the moors on a landmine. Barnes is slightly wounded and eventually survives the war. Percy Childs is killed instantly and his body is buried directly at the end of the current Hazenhutsedijk, near the border with Limburg.

On the field grave there is a stick with his helmet on it. Cor Verwegen takes care of this grave with flowers for years until it suddenly disappears. After the sudden excavation, the stick and helmet are still there. Cor brings the helmet and it has since served for years as a feed shovel with the Verwegen family and is currently in custody at Heemkundevereniging D’n Blik Emmer in de Rips.

Percy Childs was reburied at Overloon War Cemetery in May 1947.

stick and helmet-percy-childs
stick and helmet-percy-childs
Identity disc
identity disc

also known as “dog tag”

Sources and credits

Cor Verwegen from Overloon (1944 from de Rips), Newsletter 9 en 13 D’n Blikken Emmer, Oscar Huisman and
David John Childs, Worcester, Worcestershire. (http://djchilds.co.uk/)

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