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Matthew Percy HAPPS

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Surname: HAPPS

Forename(s): Matthew Percy

Place of Birth: Scalby, Yorkshire

Service No: 300194

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion

Division: 17th (Northern) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1917-04-25

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 6.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: CROSSHILLS, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: KILDWICK, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SUTTON-IN-CRAVEN, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Matthew Percy Happs was the son of George Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Happs, née Percy and brother of Private Arthur James Happs (27900) (q.v.). Their father was born at Hadlow, Kent and mother at Scalby near Scarborough, Yorkshire. Matthew and Arthurs' brother, Harry, was married to Eliza Towers, the sister of Private Matthew Horseman Towers (241471) (q.v.).

1891 Throxenby Parish, Yorkshire Census: Newby Hall - Mathew P. Hopps [sic], aged 6 years, son of Harry and Sarah E. Hopps. [Harry and Sarah were living with her parents, William and Mary Percy.]

1901 Easingwold, Yorkshire Census: Spring Street - Mathew Percy Happs, aged 16 years, born Scarborough, Yorkshire. [Matthew was employed by William Acaster Allen, Painter and Paper Hanger.]

1911 Crosshills, Yorkshire Census: 53, Main Street - Matthew Percy Happs, aged 26 years, born Scalby, Yorkshire, son of George Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Happs.

Matthew was married to Eva Bunnett in 1911.

The British Army Service Record for Matthew Percy Happs exists but may be incomplete.

Data Source: Local War Memorial

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

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Surname: HAPPS

Forename(s): Matthew Percy

Born:

Residence:

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 300194

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 9th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 25/04/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: HAPPS

Forename(s): Matthew Percy

Nationality: United Kingdom

Service Number: 300194

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 9th Battalion

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 1917-04-25

Additional Information:

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24 April 1919

HAPPS – In loving memory of a dear husband and father, Private Mathew Percy Happs, 300191, 9th Duke of Wellington’s, reported missing April 25th, 1917, afterwards presumed to have died on that date.

God takes our loved ones from our homes
But never from our hearts.

From his loving Wife and Son, 45 Rowland Street, Skipton.

HAPPS – In loving remembrance of Private Mathew Percy Happs, 9th Duke of Wellington’s, reported killed April 25th, 1917.

“Too dearly loved to be forgotten.”

From Mr. and Mrs. Davies and Jessie, 11 Cowper Street, Skipton.

HAPPS – In loving remembrance of Private Mathew Percy Happs, reported missing April 25th, 1917.

“ To know him was to love him.”

From Mrs. Bunnett, 45 Rowland Street.

23 April 1920

HAPPS – In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. Percy Happs, missing April 25th, 1917, afterwards presumed killed.

“To memory ever dear.”

From his Wife and Child, 45 Rowland Street.

22 April 1921

HAPPS – In loving memory of my dear husband, Private Percy Happs, reported killed April 25th, 1917.

“Still ours in memory, thoughts and love.”

From his Wife and Son, 45 Rowland Street.

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18 May 1917

CROSSHILLS SOLDIER MISSING

Some anxiety is felt regarding Stretcher-bearer Percy Happs, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. Letters recently sent by his wife have been returned, the last being marked “missing.” His brother, Pte. Harry Happs, of the same regiment, has sent letters stating that Percy was missing, but he hopes that he might turn up in hospital. He has been missing since April 28th. Pte. Arthur Happs, of the Durham Light Infantry, is also serving.

The three young men are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Happs, of Hartley Street, Glusburn. All are married. Mrs. Happs’s son-in-law, Pte. Charles E. Whiteoak, is also serving in France.

Percy Happs joined in September, 1914, and went out in April, 1915, but was invalided home following an accident, being in England twelve months. Harry, who joined in 1915, has recently been home, in hospital with trench feet, but had returned to France. Arthur joined in 1916, and went out in January, 1917. The three brothers comprise all Mr. and Mrs. Happs’s sons.

08 February 1918

HAPPS – Reported missing April 25th, 1917, now believed killed, Pte. Percy Happs, of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Happs, of Hartley Street, Glusburn.

08 February 1918

GLUSBURN

SOLDIER BROTHERS MISSING AND KILLED

Mr. and Mrs. Happs, of Hartley Street, Glusburn, whose three sons all joined the colours, received information some time ago from the War Office that their sons, Pte. Percy Happs, of the Duke
of Wellington’s Regiment, and Pte. Arthur Happs, of the Durham Light Infantry, were both missing, Percy (the eldest), since April 25th, 1917, and Arthur (youngest), had been reported wounded and missing since April 20th, 1917. Much anxiety has been experienced by the parents regarding their sons, and recently in reply to inquiries an official communication was again received, bearing the sad news that their son, Pte. Percy Happs, was either killed on the 25th of April, or had since died. The statement contained Royal sympathies. No further news has been received relating to the youngest son, Pte. Arthur Happs, except that the worst is feared, and little hopes are entertained of his being a prisoner. It appears that the last time he was seen by his pals he was wounded and left in the trenches, which were taken by the Germans. Pte. Percy Happs, who is assumed killed, was a member of the Territorials before the outbreak of war. He joined up on August 11th, 1914, and went out in April, 1915. The second son of Mr. and Mrs. Happs, Pte. Harry Happs (stretcher bearer), of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, joined the forces in May, 1916. He has twice been wounded, and has recently gone out again for the third time. All the three brothers are married.

15 February 1918

CROSSHILLS

MEMORIAL SERVICE – On Sunday evening last a memorial service was conducted in the Wesleyan Church by Rev. Thomas Dargue (superintendent minister). Special hymns were sung, and the anthem ‘What are these?’ was given by the choir, under the leadership of Miss Thornton, of Sutton. The opening hymn was ‘Give me the wings of faith to rise.’ Prior to the sermon, Mr. Dargue referred to the trials of life which came to the human family, but that which struck hardest, he remarked, was that which took men from their homes and family. Four young men who had gone through their Sunday-school had passed from them. Private Benjamin Freeman, of the Canadian Regiment, was killed on November 5th; Private G. Inskip, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, was killed on November 27th; Private Arthur Happs, of the Durham Light Infantry, had been missing since April 21st, all hope of his being alive has gone. Private Percy Happs, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, who had been missing since the 26th of April, only four days after his brother, and of whom special enquiries had been made through their chief chaplain, who gave little hope of his being taken prisoner, and the fears entertained of his death were probably true. He offered his sympathy and hoped that consolation might be found in knowing that they died bravely for the good of the world. Mr. Dargue also referred to the good characters of the deceased, and expressed the sympathy of the church with the parents and those who had suffered loss in the passing of these four young men. Mr. Dargue’s discourse was based upon the words taken from the 21st chapter of Revelation, 23rd verse, “And the lamb is the light thereof.” Often, he remarked, he had asked why the innocent suffered with the guilty, and why did not something happen to the men who had brought this calamity upon them, which had been the cause of so many lives being lost? In the city where our loved ones in Christ had gone, the mystery was made clear and straight, for the city was God illuminated. He was the light, and the light gave full knowledge to those who had passed into the homeland. The service closed with the hymn ‘For ever with the Lord.’

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