Captain Henry James Perceval CREAGH MC
11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment
Date of birth: 12 December 1892
Date of death: 23 November 1918
Died of wounds aged 26
Buried Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Triport X B 11
Henry James Perceval was born in Bermuda, the son of Dr Stephen Henry Creagh, formerly a Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps, of Haughley House, Stowmarket, Suffolk, and his wife, Florence Annie.
They were descended from the Peek family of Hazlewood, Devonshire, originally tea planters and merchants who later amalgamated with the Freans to become famous for tea and biscuits.
In 1901 the family were living in Elstree, Hertfordshire and at the time of the 1911 census Henry was at school at Winchester College. He was a member of the University Contingent of the Officer’s Training Corps prior to 1915, and commenced Service 26 August 1916.
In 1917 he was a Member of The Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History
In 1918 he was mentioned in Dispatches. The citation for his Military Cross states:
“On 24th October 1918, whilst he commanded an assaulting company near Vendegies with great dash and determination, he crossed the river Eccaillon under considerable fire, and then reorganised his company and advanced against and overcame very strong resistance by enemy machine gunners. Later, he was severely wounded whilst repelling a strong counter-attack, but remained on duty."
His name is on the Haughley, Suffolk War Memorial.
His name appears as a Subscriber to “English church woodwork; a study in craft” Printed by The Darien Press, Edinburgh
His Estate amounted to £527 11s 5d, probate granted to his parents
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