Percy Cyril Kinns


Percy Cyril Kinns


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
49th Bn.


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VI. G. 9B.

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
Bengeo War Memorial Plaque Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo

Pre War

Born in 1890, in Potters Bar (or possibly Barnet), Hertford, to parents Charles and Harriet, he was one of 11 and in 1891 they were living at High Street, Potters Bar and his father was employed as a gardener. By 1911 they were living at 84 Duncombe Road, Bengeo and Percy was employed as a clerk on an estate. On his attestation papers in 1915 he states he was a cook with a three years apprenticeship served in the Grand Hotel in Paris. Percy married Mary Few on 8th January 1917 at St Peters Church, Cranley Gardens, London. He probably emigrated to Australia.

Wartime Service

Enlisted in Brisbane on 11th June 1915 in the 9th Battalion A.I.F. They sailed from Australia on the SS Kyara on 16th August 1915, but Percy deserted from the troopship when it arrived in Fremantle but was caught and fined 28 days’ pay. He then tried to stowaway on another ship, the Star of Victoria but was caught again. He then travelled to Egypt where he spent 59 days confined to hospital. On 7th June 1916 he was appointed acting Sergeant, although he was later reduced back to Private. Percy landed at Plymouth on 16th June 1916 after which he went AWOL on three occasions between 11th August 1916 and 27th January 1917, the final time resulting in a Court Martial, at which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months detention with 120 days remitted. He later arrived in France on 20th April 1917 and transferred to 49th Battalion on 2nd November. In April 1918 his unit was in action at the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux and came under heavy shell fire from German artillery, including gas shells, Percy suffered gas poisoning on 25th and died in 47th General hospital three days later. Please see link below for further information.

Additional Information

Brother of Private George Kinns who was killed in action on 16 May 1915 and is also commemorated on the Hertford and Bengeo memorials. ViewImage.aspx?B=7373172


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