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Personal Details
Date of BirthJanuary 26, 1876
Place of BirthCroydon, Surrey
Marital StatusMarried
Trade / CallingWindow cleaner
Service Details
Regimental Number97370
BattalionRoyal Garrison Artillery
ForceBritish Expeditionary Force
BranchSoldier Biographies
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathMay 12, 1962
Age at Death86
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Garrood, Percy William

Percy William Garrood was born on 26 January 1876 in Croydon, Surrey, England. His parents were George Garrood and Elizabeth Jeale. Siblings included: George A. (b. 1870), Charles J. (b. 1872), Sydney G. (b. 1874), Lillian A. (b. 1880), Harold (b. 1883), Arthur (b. 1887) and Ethel Caroline (b. 1888). Percy’s mother died in 1888 and by 1891 his father had remarried.

Percy married Sarah Jane Jenkins in 1899 in Liverpool. She had a two year old son, Harold, at the time. The 1901 England Census shows the family living in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England and Percy working as a window cleaner. A new addition, son, George (8 months old) is also listed. In 1911 Percy’s family was still living in Birkenhead and daughter, Elizabeth (age 7) had joined them.

According to his Legion membership application, Percy served as a gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery in WW1. His medal card indicates that his service number was #97370 and that he received the British War and Victory medals.

In 1919 Percy immigrated to Canada with his brothers Harold and Arthur. They were headed to Winnipeg, but ended up living in Norman, a suburb of the town of Kenora. Percy got employment with the Keewatin Lumber Company and the 1921 census shows him living with his brother, Harold. In 1923 Percy’s daughter, Elizabeth, joined him in Canada. Two years later, his son, George, also arrived in Kenora. Percy’s wife, Sarah, remained in England. Percy and George both joined the Kenora branch of the Legion in 1926. In 1927 Percy travelled back to England to visit his sister Ethel. Upon his return to Kenora he continued to work at the Keewatin Lumber Company as a mill hand and an engineer, retiring in 1942. The 1949 voters lists indicate that Percy and his daughter Elizabeth (Betty) were living on Tunnel Island in Kenora.

Percy William Garrood passed away at Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 12 May 1962. He is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora. His daughter married and moved to Sioux Lookout. His son, George, returned to England in 1935.

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