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.