Sep 102017

Though wounded, Sgt. Percy Herbert Kinder, 1st Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps, continued to work his machine gun before being killed by shellfire on 10th September 1914. He is buried in Montreuil-aux-Lions British Cemetery.


“Corporal Pettit, a native of Skegby, who is lying in hospital with a bullet wound in the head, tells how Sergeant Percy Kinder, whose home is at 124, Lenton-boulevard, met his death.

“Sergeant Kinder, who was in charge of a Maxim gun with the King’s Royal Rifles, was wounded not less than three times by bullets. He, however, heroically continued to work his gun until he was struck by a shell and killed. Truly he was a hero, whose name should be inscribed on Nottingham’s roll of honour.”

A former warehouse man, he enlisted in Nottingham on 12th May 1906. He was the son of Herbert Felix and the late Louisa Kinder, 17 Albert Grove, Lenton; husband of Bessie Kinder, South Wales.

“KINDER. – In memory of Sergeant Percy Kinder (K.R.R.), aged 27 years, killed in France, September 10th, 1914.”
L/Cpl. William Pettit, 1st Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps, landed in France on 13th August 1914.

He was subsequently discharged as no longer physically fit for service.

Credits to Small Town, Great War. Hucknall 1914-1918

Sourced From

Nottingham Evening Post 9th October 1914.

Nottingham Evening Post 10th September 1915.