Percival Henry Agnew
Serial No. 366
14th Machine Gun Company
Percival Henry Agnew - Information
As the war was raging, Percival was living on Cowper St in Picton with his wife, Ada Priscilla. Percival had come to the area from Maitland, where he was born. He was supporting his family as a fitter, when he decided to serve his country. He joined up on the 29th of May 1916 at the Royal Australian Showground in Sydney, aged 36. Departing Melbourne on the 19th of September 1916, he sailed onboard the HMAT Commonwealth as a Private with the 5th Reinforcements, 14th Machine Gun Company.
Percival had been sick throughout the voyage with epilepsy and asthma. While being treated, a medical board found him unfit. When the Commonwealth made port in Cape Town, South Africa he was taken off to return home. When he reached Sydney, he was admitted to the 4th General Hospital in Randwick. He was given a medical discharge and returned home to Ada.