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Percival J Channon

Birthplace Gloucestershire Cheltenham EnglandPlace of Death Gloucestershire Cheltenham England Date of Birth: April 28, 1891 Date of Death: April 4, 1980


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Percival Joseph Channon 

Gender: Male 

Date and Place of Birth: 28/04/1891 at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. (1) (6) 

Date and Place of Death: 04/04/1980 at White Cliff, The Esplanade, Seaton, Devon. (3) 

Nationality: British 




Two sisters, Winifred Gertrude born 1897 and Constance Emmie born 1900, both at Haywards Heath, Sussex. (4)  

In 1901 , aged 9, he was living with his family at Gas House, Mill Green Road, Haywards Heath, Cuckfield, Sussex. (5) 

Parents: Father: Philip Percival Channon born08/09/ 1870 at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, died 04/11/1918. (4) (7) 

                Mother: Annie Gertrude Pardington born 1879 at Cheltenham. (4) (1)                 

Parent’s occupations: Father was a gas engineer and manager of Haywards Heath Gas Company. (4) (7) 

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance:  

 Occupation: Engineer (4) (6)(8)(10) 

Place of residence at Gretna: 11 Dunedin Road, Eastriggs 

Job title at Gretna: ? Chemist ? Engineer 

Marital status: Married 

Spouse name (including male name): 1st wife – Minnie Matthews born 11/01/1888 ( Divorced ) (1) (2) (6) 

Date of marriage: 02/05/1914 (1) (2) 

Place/Parish of marriage: Cuckfield Congregational Church, Cuckfield Sussex (1) (2) 

2nd wife – Enid Margaret Field born 30/09/1879 (9) 

Date of marriage: December 1933 (9) 

Place of marriage: Truro, Cornwall (9) 

3rd wife – Elizabeth Nicholls born 24/08/1901 (6) 

Date of marriage : September 1950 (8) (9) 

Place of marriage : Gloucestershire (8) (9) 

Children:   With Minnie Matthews – Charles P. Channon born 1919 at Leighton Buzzard. (1) 

With Elizabeth Nicholls – Elizabeth J. Channon born 1941 at Cheltenham  (1)                

Travels: On 08/09/1959  he sailed with his wife Elizabeth and 9 year old daughter to Sydney, Australia aboard the R.M.S. Orion. It records that he intended to live in Australia. His address on entering Australia was given as “c/o Bureau of Mineral Resources, Canberra “ (10) 


Trivia / any other information:  He was initiated into the Beaudesert Lodge of the Freemasons on 18/02/1920 while living at Leighton Buzzard. (8) 

He is mentioned in an article in the Cheltenham Chronicle, Saturday 26th October 1940, when , as the driver of a car, he was involved in a fatal accident. “ A remarkable feature of a fatal accident on the Evesham Road, Cheltenham, on Tuesday, was that the woman cyclist who was killed was returning from an ambulance lecture where she acted as patient, and a  passenger in the car which was involved in the collision was the nurse who had been giving the lecture.” The verdict was Death by Misadventure and Mr. Channon was not to blame (2) 


Further links, notes, and comments: 

  1. Find my past BMD 
  2. British Newspaper Archives 
  3. Probate Calendars 
  4. Find my past 1911 census 
  5. Find my past 1901 census 
  6. Find my past 1939 Register 
  7. Graces Guide to British Industrial History 
  8. Ancestry Public Member Trees 
  9. Ancestry BMD 
  10. Find my past Passenger Lists 

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