Gunner Percy Clement Hopkinson, MM.
R.G.A. Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 21 March 1917. Hopkinson was a native of Padiham, Lancashire.
The Burnley Express reported: -
Decoration of Deceased Padiham Trader.
Gunner Percy Clement Hopkinson, R.G.A., only son of Mr. and
Mrs. Hopkinson, herbalist, Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge, has been killed in
action. Lieut. Mayhall writes, under date 4 September, that "Gunner Hopkinson
was carrying out his ordinary duties at the gun on 3 September when he was struck
by a bomb dropped by an enemy aeroplane. His death was instantaneous."
Offering the sympathy of himself and fellow officers, Lieut. Mayhall adds: "We
feel we have lost a friend and an efficient gunner. His death was a great blow
to us." Gunner Hopkinson, single, was 35 years of age, and joined the colours
on 3 July 1916. He arrived in France on 12 May 1917, and was awarded the Military
Medal for "gallantry on the field on 21 March
1918." Previous to enlistment he was in business as herbalist
at 85, Burnley Road, Padiham, from 1910, and prior to that he was established
for six years in Gibbett Street, Halifax. Whilst in Halifax he was a member
of a cycling club, winning several prizes during his membership. He was also
a member of the Clarion Cycling Club. Recently at home on leave, returning to
France on 5 August 1918.
A further letter received from Lieut. J. Chandler expresses sympathy with the parents of Gunner Hopkinson, and states, "He was a real friend. The officer was glad that his good work during the March retreat was recognized. The award was well earned."