Percy suffered serious gunshot wounds whilst serving in France, which resulted in gangrene and blood poisoning. He was evacuated back to England and received treatment at the 1,200 bed Horton War Hospital, Bradford, Yorkshire, where he succumbed to his wounds and died on Saturday 25 November 1916. Initially was planned that Percy would be buried at Bradford (Bowling) Cemetery. However, with commendable speed, Percy’s father Stephen Amos contacted the hospital requesting that his son’s body be returned home for burial, offering to pay all costs involved.
It was learned via the Amos family that the reason why Percy was not buried in the parish of Boughton Aluph where the family resided, was that at the time of Percy’s death no burials were taking place there. For this reason, he was laid to rest with full military honours, as befitted his rank, at nearby Wye.
Percy does not have a regulation pattern Imperial/Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave. Stephen and Sarah Amos paid twenty pounds to Russell’s, Monumental Masons of Ashford, Kent for a private headstone to be made and erected. The order placed with Russell’s was for the headstone to be in the form of a cross on raised plinths and kerbed. It has always been pleasing to see for many years, that following the Remembrance Sunday Service’s every November, Percy’s grave, as with all the other servicemen who are at rest at Wye, it is always marked with a small wooden cross by the local branch of the Royal British Legion.
It was also learned via the Amos family, that Percy’s mother had always regretted that he was not commemorated on the Great War plaque in the parish church of St. Rumwold, Bonnington.