Pte
Percy Follett Luget

Information about birth

Date of birth:
26/12/1885
Place of birth:
Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom

General information

Profession:
Solicitors Clerk

Army information

Country:
England, United Kingdom
Force:
British Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
G/3999
Enlistment place:
Battersea, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Units:
 —  Royal Sussex Regiment, 13th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
31/07/1917
Place of death:
St Julien, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
31

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Percy Follett Luget was a 31 year old solicitors clerk from Exeter, Devon. Private Luget was part of “D” Company, 13th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, 116th Brigade, 39th Division. At the end of July 1917, his battalion took part in the opening battle of the Battle of Passchendaele, the Battle of Pilckem Ridge.

On July 30th 1917, during the night, the 13th Bn. Royal Sussex assembled at Canal Bank and prepared for the attack. At 3.50 a.m. on the 31st of July, the 116th Brigade attacked with the 11th, 12th and 13th Royal Sussex and the 14th Hampshire Regiment. The first objective, the blue line near Mouse Trap Farm, was captured with little trouble. Around 5.30 a.m., the brigade managed to capture the second objective, the Black line, Canopus Trench. Aided by two tanks the 13th Royal Sussex proceeded to St. Julien. They conquered the village at 8 a.m. and started consolidating, B and C Company in Canopus Trench, A and D Company in St Julian village. However, during the day and the following night, they were subjected to heavy rain and severe shelling. Eventually, on the 2nd of August, the troops were ordered to withdraw from St Julien.

Percy Follett Luget was one of those men who lost their lives on the 31st of July. His body was never found. Today, he is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial panel 20H.
After his death, his wife and son receive a package with an accompanying letter, written by Percy in July 1917 before going into action. “If the contents of this package should reach you safely in due course – you will certainly know that I have gone to rest peaceably or either am wounded. Should it be the former, Pray to God for his deliverance, to look after you my love Sonny. Give my fondest love kisses to the dear one at home and say that I did my duty. With fondest love & to the last and in the world to come. Life everlasting. Your loving faithful hubby Percy. xxxxxxxxxxx”

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Ancestry
https://www.ancestry.com
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/1621136/PERCY%20FOLLETT%20LUGET/
Sources used
McCarthy, Chris. Passchendaele: the day by day account. Londen: Uniform, 2018. 29-30.
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Naval and Military Archive
http://www.nmarchive.com
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The Long Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/royal-sussex-regiment/
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