World War I
Ramsden Bellhouse
Percy Garland

Percy joined the 86th Machine Gun Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on Sept 22nd 1915. He gave his occupation as a pipefitter. He was five foot five and a half inches tall and his chest measured 37 inches. Percy was of a dark complexion, had hazel eyes and brown hair. His chosen religion was noted as Presbyterian.
He was in the 26th Battalion the New Brunswick Regiment and was killed 4th Apri1 1917, and was buried in Mont Huon cemetery in Le Treport. This was an important hospital centre and by July 1916, the town contained three general hospitals (the 3rd, 16th and 2nd Canadian), No. 3 Convalescent Depot and Lady Murray's BRCS Hospital.
Article by John Westwood Curator of Virtual memorial
Sometimes what seems to be easy, takes more time than expected. I recently began looking at the names on the Ramsden Bellhouse memorial. Firstly it is located in Ramsden Heath and remembers those from the parish of Ramsden Bellhouse who died in both world wars. There aren’t many listed, but each gave their life for a cause which ever disappears into the annals of history.
The Garlands lost three sons, Isaac, William and Percy. How easy is that to research?, Although they share the same name there is no guarantee that they are the same family. Fortunately I had some help, because none were actually living in the village when war broke out.
At the time of the 1901 Census Philip and Thurza Garland were living in Dowsetts Lane, Ramsden. Exactly where is a problem, as few old buildings exist there now. He was an agricultural labourer and aged 39. Thurza was 5 years younger and with them lived nine of their ten children. Percyone of the sons appeared to be living two doors away in his grandfather’s house at the time of the census
This record currently is the only one we have until the record of the three son’s deaths in 1918. In those seventeen years much appeared to have happened. In many of the village cases I have researched many were born, lived, married and died in the same place or close by as had previous generations. Few had the chance to go further afield. In the case of the three sons they were living well away from Ramsden.
More information is available with regard to Percy, as the Canadian records are online and can be easily accessed. He joined the 86th Machine Gun Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on Sept 22nd 1915. He gave his occupation as a pipefitter. He was five foot five and a half inches tall and his chest measured 37 inches. Percy was of a dark complexion, had hazel eyes and brown hair. His chosen religion was noted as Presbyterian.
He was in the 26th Battalion the New Brunswick Regiment and was killed 4th Apri1 1917, and was buried in Mont Huon cemetery in Le Treport. This was an important hospital centre and by July 1916, the town contained three general hospitals (the 3rd, 16th and 2nd Canadian), No. 3 Convalescent Depot and Lady Murray's BRCS Hospital.
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