In 1911, the 16 year-old Percival Alexander James Matthews was living at 10 Windsor Road, Wanstead, with his parents, Joseph and Hannah and his older sister, Lillian Percival. He also had an older brother, Herbert, who was not living in the family home at the time of the 1911 census.
Percival was a clerk, like his father and brother, but left his job to enlist in the army in the 5th Battalion, London Rifle Brigade. He was sent to France and Belgium with his regiment but was killed in action on 3rd May 1915, aged 20. His name is engraved on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
Research by Redbridge Museum
Commonwealth War Graves Commission