Sergeant Percy Wells

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

19 Aug 1917

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

Dar es Salaam War Cemetery

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph , 1st September 1917
Sgt Percy Wells

Luton-born Sgt Percy Wells, 4484, 7th Regiment, South African Infantry, died from blackwater fever on August 19th, 1917, while serving in East Africa.

He was a son of Harty James and Elizabeth (Lissie) Wells, of 4 Crawley Road, Luton. He enlisted in the Royal Horse Artillery in 1909 and the following year went to South Africa. He was on his way back to England when war was declared and was sent back to Africa, where he was transferred to the South African Infantry and rose through the ranks.

Percy is commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour, but little about him was included in local Press reports of his death. The roll of honour indicates that he was married, probably in South Africa.

Sgt Percy Wells

Author: Deejaya

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