PRICE, Percy

Service Number: 2211
Enlisted: 3 March 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Talgath, Wales, 1 August 1894
Home Town: Penong, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 6 August 1915, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Penong Methodist Church Honour Roll, Penong Roll of Honor WW1
Show Relationships

World War 1 Service

3 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2211, 10th Infantry Battalion, Keswick, South Australia
23 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2211, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2211, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
4 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2211, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
6 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2211, 10th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli

In Memory of the Brave

Great Uncle Percy

We Honour your memory.

Loving tributes were placed by your family in newspapers on the Anniversary of your death.

PRICE.—In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Percy, who was killed in action at Gallipoli on the 6th August, 1915.

His country called, and honour bade him go
To battle against a grim and deadly foe.
He helped to bring Australia into fame.
To build for her a never-dying name.
Foremost was he in the thickest strife.
For King and country he laid down his life.

—Inserted by his loving mother, brothers, and sister.

PRICE.—In loving memory of our dear brother
Percy, who was killed in action on the 6th August, 1915.

He heard his King and country's call.
And gave his life, his best, his all.
We loved him in life; he is dear to us still;
But in grief we must bend to God's holy will.

—Inserted by his loving sister and brother-in-law.

You and your fellow Soldiers who fought for our Peace are remembered especially on Anzac Day. RIP



I Loved Him Dearly, And I love Him Still

Today March 17th 2017, I was delighted to receive a call from a great niece of Percy Price, Susanne Rendell. Susanne who lives in South Australia, thanked me for not forgetting Percy and for telling his story. In addition, she informed me that Percy had a brother Edgar who also enlisted and who returned to Australia. Percy had two sisters, one of whom is Susanne's grandmother. Susanne also believes that Percy's mother Eleanor enlisted as a Nurse with the first AIF. Susanne has all of Percy's Service Medals and is aware that his Memorial Plaque is in the Ceduna Museum in South Australia. And so I've learned a little more of the young man whose gravestone at ANZAC I was drawn to. The gravestone with that simple but beautiful tribute from Eleanor, his mother. A tribute befitting thousands of grieving mothers. "I Loved Him Dearly and I Love Him Still."


Remember Me

I did not know Percy Price but am remembering him as a hero who rests with his mates in far off lands.
My great grandmother lost a brother at Beersheba and a son in France in WW1. She did not get say goodbye or visit his resting place.
It is wonderful to know that people like yourself are visiting the heros who sacrificed so much for us.


Percy Price was born to John and Eleanor Price in August 1894 in the small town of Boughrood near Talgath in Wales, in the shadow of the Brecon Beacons. In 1909, he and his family travelled from London to Adelaide on the Orient Mail Line Steamer the S. S. "Omrah", on the same passenger list as the new South Australian Governer, Sir Day Hort Bosanquet. Price and his family became a well-liked part of the farming community at Penong and Pinnaroo near Ceduna on South Australia's west coast.

Price enlisted in the  AIF on the 3rd of March, 1915, aged twenty-one years and six months, and became part of the 6th Reinforcements for the 10th Australian Infantry Battalion. They embarked from Adelaide on the HMAT "Borda" on the 23rd of June, 1915 and were transferred on the 1st of August to the HMT "Berrime" in Alexandria, Egypt, to go on to support the Imperial forces fighting on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

On the 4th of August, Price was "taken on strength" or transferred from the 6th Reinforcements  to support the 11th Battalion, which was responsible for the preparatory attacks of the August Offensive in the lead-up to the Battle of Lone Pine (/explore/campaigns/3).

Private Percy Price's opportunity to serve was cut short as he "fell for the flag" two days later on the 6th of August 1915, when a Turkish attack on Leane's Trench at 0430 hours with "high explosives and shrapnel shells" followed shortly by heavy rifle and machine gun fire and a subsequent counter-attack by the 11th Battalion resulted in over 50 dead and 100 wounded. Price had become the third member of the Pinnaroo district to be killed in action. He was initially buried at the small cemetery at Victoria Gully, then reburied at Lone Pine. He was survived by his mother, who requested the inscription on his headstone to read

I loved him dearly
And I love him still

Price was posthumously awarded the 1914/15 Star for all serving personel in theatres of war including Gallipoli, the British War Medal for all those who served overseas, and the Victory Medal for those who served in WWI.