Percy Poulter was my 5th cousin three times removed (our mutual ancestor was Richard Culpin, born circa 1685) and was born in Shillington, Beds, in 1883. The fifth of eight children of Thomas and Emma (nee Culpin), he was working on the family farm in Campton, near Shefford, in 1901 but joined the Royal Lancers before 1911. The census of that year very helpfully gives his location as "Egypt, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Sudan"..... so I have no idea where he was!
Sadly I do know that he died of wounds in France on 25 May 1917 and is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery.
We will remember them.
21 May 2017
A chance find in the BURY FREE PRESS of 12 February 1954:
PIGS THROWN OUT OF VAN IN CRASH
ONE HAD TO BE DESTROYED
One of five pigs which were thrown out of a ten cwt. Van taking them to the Elmswell Bacon Factory met premature death in a crash on the ice road near Rougham Estate Office on Monday. The two vehicles involved were a van driven by Mr Reginald Staden, baker, of 41, Out Westgate, Bury St Edmunds, and a British Road Services lorry, drive by Mr Arthur Tyre, of “The Lilacs”, Mendlesham Green, Stowmarket.
All the pigs were thrown out of the van and one of them sustained a broken leg and had to be destroyed. Both the drivers had minor injuries – facial cuts and bruises.
I am resolutely not laughing......