Percy West (1883-1899)

A CASE OF DEATH after a short illness occurred on Sunday to a lad named Percy West, aged 16, living with his parents in Berkeley-road.  The illness which proved fatal, is supposed to have been brought on by the eating of a quantity of nuts and mushrooms, and it may be a caution to boys not to indulge too plentifully in such a mixture.

The funeral took place yesterday at the Cemetery, and being a scholar in the Primitive Methodist Sunday School, a wreath was sent by the scholars and teachers.  The class-mates of the deceased, his teacher, and others connected with the school followed, in addition to the friends, and two hymns were sung over the grave.

Newbury Weekly News 5th October, 1899.


We are requested to state death in the case mentioned last week from eating mushrooms and nuts, was really the result of peritonitis and heart failure.

Newbury Weekly News 12th October, 1899


Percy died on 1 October 1899. Elsewhere he is described as 17. He was the 4th son of William and Ellen West. He was buried on 4 October.

Inscriptions also to brother Stanley, died 10th July, 1908 aged 21 and their mother and father.

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