Percy Gerard ATWILL


ATWILL, Percy Gerard

Service Numbers: 1408, 1508A
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cardiff, South Wales, Australia, 27 November 1888
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Meavy School in Devon from 1 May 1898
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, Ottoman Empire, 27 August 1915, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

11 Feb 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1408, 13th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
11 Feb 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1408, 13th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Choon, Sydney
27 Aug 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1508A, 13th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He attended Meavy School in Devon from 1 May 1898 with his sister Gwendoline and brother Leslie. At one time Percy had served in the Royal Garrison Artillery but was discharged with Valvular Disease of the heart. After emigrating to Australia he enlisted on 23 December 1914, with the 13th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements Australian Field Force. He was killed in action, aged 27, at Courtney’s Post, Gallipoli, Turkey on 27 August 1915. He is buried at Lone Pine Memorial, Turkey. Thomas, his father, was a gunnery Sergeant born in Meavy, Devon. Thomas and Sarah Helen Atwill were married in Canada (she was American but had been given British citizenship). They had a total of nine children including the three soldier sons on the Walkhampton War Memorial. Another son, William emigrated from the UK to Australia prior to the outbreak of World War 1 to try his hand at gold-mining. He took two of his brothers with him – Percy and Thomas. All three joined the Commonwealth Expeditionary Force at the beginning of war in 1914 and were shipped out to the Dardanelles. William service number 1507, served with the Light Trench Mortar Battery and 3rd Reinforcements, 13th Battalion, won the Military Medal, and survived the war and was shipped back to England. The family were living at Upland Cottage, Dousland, back in Devon in 1911.