Percy James Mayhew - Our Project - Lijssenthoek

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    Percy Mayhew was buried at Lijssenthoek Cemetery
    15th April 2014

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    The records are all accessible via the computer on site

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    The grave has a reference and there is a map to indicate it's location

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    Tom finds the reference to the grave in the original register
    Grave reference XII. B. 11A

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    Lijssenthoek Cemetery
    Many of the soldiers that are buried at the cemetery died in the field hospital that was located here in the Great War

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    Tom places the Marlesford cross at Percy's grave
    The additional words placed on the grave stone at the family's request 'Until the day break and the shadows fade away.'

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    Percy was the youngest of the Marlesford soldiers that died
    He was only 19 when he died

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    George and Tom at Percy's grave

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    We talk about how young Percy was
    The boys realise Percy was only a teenager

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    The Marlesford cross at Percy's grave

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    We sign the visitors book

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    Because this was a cemetery attached to a hospital there are German soldiers buried in the cemetery

We visited Lijssenthoek Cemetery on Tuesday 15th April 2014.

The soldier we were searching for was Percy James Mayhew. He was the youngest of the Marlesford soldiers to lose his life in the Great War. He was only 19 when he died in the field hopsital in Flanders.

The weather was beautiful and the cemetery was very well kept, in its rural location. We spent some time in the cemetery at the grave side talking about Percy and the sacrifice he had made at such a young age. Percy Mayhew died in the hospital that had been located in Lijssenthoek, he had nearly made it home. We hope that the Marlesford cross made a connection between Percy, his home village and his brothers in arms.

If you have any information on Percy Mayhew please contact us