Percy Cecil Ansdale

Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
Halifax, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

General information

Last known residence:
Halifax, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Brass Finisher

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Halifax, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
 —  Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), 1/5th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
De Knoet Farm, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Perth Cemetery (China Wall)
Plot: V
Row: J
Grave: 12

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Percy Cecil Ansdale (Ansdell/Andsell), a former brass finisher, was born in 1892 in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. He was the son of Alfred George Ansdell and Annie Ansdell, and the brother of Ada Ansdale. He married Christina Beaumont on June 4, 1914 and was the father of Florence Ansdell. He enlisted in Halifax. He served in the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), 1/5th Battalion, part of the 147th (2nd West Riding) Brigade of the 49th (West Riding) Division.

On November 19, 1917, the battalion relieved the 1/5th West Yorkshire as battalion in support to left front line battalion on the divisional front on the Broodseinde Ridge just north of Beselare. A company was established at Tokio Ridge, B and C company were on the Westhoek Ridge and D company was on Anzac Ridge. On November 20, A Coy’s position on Tokio Ridge was heavily shelled most of the day. The other Coy’s were intermittently shelled during the day.

Percy Cecil, aged 25, was killed in action on November 20, 1917. Private Ansdell was initially buried where he fell, near De Knoet Farm (28.D.28.b.30.40). After the war, his remains were exhumed and reinterred in the Perth China Wall Cemetery, Plot V, Row J, Grave 12.

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1/5th West Riding Regiment (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 95/2800/4).
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Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG14).
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War Office: Soldiers’ Documents, First World War (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 363).
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