Percy Brandon McArdle was a Liverpudlian who served in the army during the war. Affected by poor health he was about to be discharged from the army when he died in his tent at Boreham House. He was subsequently buried at the Chelmsford Borough Cemetery in Writtle Road.
Percy was born in Walton, Liverpool in 1876, the son of Thomas and Annie McArdle.
The 1881 census found him, aged 4, living with his parents and five siblings at 8 Hardwick Street in West Derby, Liverpool. His Irish-born father was an unemployed book-keeper. A decade later 14 year-old Percy was recorded by the census at 12 Osborne Grove in Everton, Liverpool with his parents, three brothers, a lodger and a visitor. Percy was a merchant's office boy; his father a commercial clerk. In 1901 23 year-old Percy was listed at 13 Osborne Grove with his parents and a brother. He was a railway clerk; his father a freight clerk.
During the First World War Percy served as Private 405418 in the 26th Battalion of the The King's (Liverpool Regiment) which was in Essex in 1917.
On the morning of 9th May 1917 Percy was found dead in his tent at Boreham House. During the night he had complained of indigestion but returned to bed after walking outside. He was about to receive his discharge from the army on health grounds. He was 41 years old.
Percy was buried in grave 198 at Chelmsford Borough Cemetery on 14th May 1917, the service being taken by Rev. Joseph Flinn, Roman Catholic Chaplain. The grave already contained the remains of Hannah Findley who had died in 1891 aged 72.
MCARDLE, PERCY BRANDON*,
Private, 26th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment)