APPLEGARTH, Percie Raymond
(Service number 68502)

Aliases Enlisted as Percy Raymond Applegarth
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 6 June 1897 Place of Birth Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, England

Enlistment Information

Date 10 September 1917 Age 20 years 3 months
Address at Enlistment Elizabeth Street, Timaru
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Caroline Applegarth, 16 Elizabeth Street, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 113 lbs. Chest measurement 31-33 inches. Complexion pallid. Eyes blue. Hair fair. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Illness - gast.... at the age of 7 years. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated (left). Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects.No fits. Class A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 33rd Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company
Date 31 December 1917
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Wellington Destination Glasgow, Scotland
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 25 August 1919 Reason On termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Wool classer


Date 28 November 1968 Age 71 years
Place of Death 17 Church Street West, Timaru (residence)
Notices Timaru Herald, 29 November 1968
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 39, Plot 426
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Percie Raymond Applegarth was the elder son of photographer Sampson Day and Caroline (née George) Applegarth. Born on 6 June 1897 at Battersea, London, England, he was baptized on 8 August 1897 at St Barnabas, Clapham, London. Young Percie attended Gideon Road School, Wandsworth, and Hither Green School, Lewisham; in 1911 he was residing at the Reedham Orphanage, Coulson, Surrey, and in October 1912 he was admitted to Timaru Main School. Percie's father died in December 1902. His mother and a younger brother, Maurice, also came to Timaru; a sister had died in infancy. Perice's uncle Albert Lincoln Applegarth had come to New Zealand many years earlier and in the early 1900s was living at Timaru. This uncle and his older son, Robert, both served in World War One. Percie married Annie Helen Browne on 2 January 1924 at St Paul's Presbyterian Church, Timaru. One of the witnesses was his brother Maurice.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [19 March 2017]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5520 0009514) [21 March 2017], NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5937 0361052) [21 March 2017]; 1901, 1911 census returns England ( [20 March 2017]; Timaru Herald, 8 January 1913, 15 October 1913, 13 October 1917, Sun, 3 September 1917, Star, 3 July 1919, Temuka Leader, 25 August 1921, Press, 21 April 1928, 27 November 1935, 23 December 1942 (Papers Past) [20 March 2017]; Timaru Herald, 29 November 1968 (Timaru District Library) [21 March 2017]; Timaru Herald, 30 November 1968 (Timaru District Library) [March 2017]

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