Percy Cliffe

Percy Cliffe was born in Hatton on 16th December 1882 and baptised in January the following month at Daresbury. He was the son of James Cliffe (born Whitley) and his wife Mary (nee Clare) who was born in Stockton Heath.

In 1891 the family were living in Hatton Lane in Hatton. His older brother Peter, aged 14, had already left home, leaving his parents, his sisters Mary E (11) and Flora A.(3) and his brother Harry C.(5). His father was an agricultural labourer.

Ten years later Percy was working as a painter and living in Hatton with his parents and Mary E. and Harry and also James Frederick, who had been born in 1897. His father was now a gardener.
In 1911 Percy was living at home with his parents and Flora Annie and James Frederick and two of his nieces. He was still working as a painter.

Percy appeared on the Daresbury Roll of Honour in 1915. He enlisted in the Rifle Brigade, serving in the 10th and 11th Battalions as a private and then as a rifleman. His service number was 5542. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal for his service in the Great War. He was recorded in the absent voters list for 1918 and 1919 for Hatton.

On 2nd March 1919 Percy married Catherine Mabel Owen at Great Budworth and they moved into Dorothy Cottages at Stretton. A year later they were residing at Shovel and Broom Smithy, Appleton-with-Hull, where they lived for several years.

The 1939 Register recorded them as living at 3, Dorothy Cottages in Stretton, Runcorn R.D. Percy was employed as a printer and he was or had been a special constable. They would appear to have had no children. They continued to live in Stretton for several more years.

Percy died in March 1970, a year before his wife, Mabel. He was 87 years of age.