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|Lieut.-Colonel Percy Roger WHALLEY, D.S.O.|
Commanded the 3rd Battalion Worcestershire
Regiment from September 1916 to April 1918.
Commanded the 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment from June 1918 to
Commanded the 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment from August 1918 to
Percy Roger Whalley was born in 1881 at
Herbrandston, Pembrokeshire, son of Major Percy Charles Whalley of the Royal
Artillery (South Hook Fort). His mother Florence Mabel Whalley who was born
in Tasmania, sadly died at the young age of 38 when Percy Roger Whalley was
only 7 years old. Percy had 3 younger sisters, Barbara, Pamela and Cynthia
(who was born the year the mother died).
Percy Roger Whalley was educated at the Royal Military College and was commissioned to the Unattached List as a 2nd Lieutenant on the 8th January 1901. On the 26th April 1902 he was seconded for service to the Worcestershire Regiment in South Africa and promoted to rank of Lieutenant. He was awarded the Queen's Medal with 5 clasps.
On the outbreak of the 1914-18 War he was Adjutant of the 1/8th Battalion of the Regiment and went out to France with them in 1915. He later joined 144th Brigade as Brigade Major.
In 1916 he took over Command of the 3rd Battalion on the Somme and served almost continuously with that Battalion until he brought them home after the Armistice.
In August 1917 he coomanded both the 3rd Battalion Worcesters and the 13th Cheshire Regiment after all their senior commanding officers were wounded, he was awarded the D.S.O. for this action at Westhoek,Ypres in August 1917.
He temporarily commanded the 57th Brigade for a while in September 1918. He was promoted Brevet-Lieut.-Colonel in 1919 for distinguished service in the field. He was twice mentioned in despatches.
He retired from the army in 1925.
Lieut.-Colonel Percy Roger Whalley, D. S. O.
died on the 19th February 1956, at Torquay, at the aged of 74. His funeral
took place at Tor Parish Church on 23rd February 1956.