Percy John England was born in 1893. He joined the Worcestershire Regiment on the 7th November 1912 and joined the 3rd Battalion at Tidsworth.
As a regular soldier Percy was one of the first to see action in the First World War. On the 14th August 1914 he sailed from Southampton in the troop ship "SS Bosnian" with the men of the 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, heading for France and the port of Havre. They arrived the following morning.
By the 24th August 1914 the 3rd Battalion were in the front line just a few miles south of Mons. On the morning of the 26th August the 3rd Battalion were at the northern end of Caudry. During the early hours of the morning the men came under German machine-gun fire. After a lull in the fighting the enemy brought up additional artillery, and shells burst in rapid succession all over the northern end of the town causing many casualties.
Percy John England was wounded and with other casualties who were sent to a small temporary hospital at Caudry (Courdrai). However, by the 27th August the Germans, who were by then in occupation of the place, and sent all the wounded to Cambrai as POW's, including Percy.
He was then sent to a Prisoner of War camp at Limburg (Lahn), Germany No. 863. This was one of the Registration Camps which also had a camp hospital.
As Private England was wounded when he was captured, it is very likely that he would have had treatment at this camp hospital.
It was while he was at this camp that he wrote to his fiancé Miss Mercy Kemp who at that time was living in London. He asked his fiancé to send him a food parcel and cigarettes. Below is a copy of the letter he wrote, dated the 14th April 1915.
He was to stay in this camp from the time he was captured until the summer of 1915, when he was then transferred to Giessen Camp in the Province of Hesse.