Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Percy Blake Faskally

Photo of Percy Blake Faskally
House and time at Malvern: No 6, 1893 - 1898.

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers.
Died: 19 December 1919 aged 39 in United Kingdom. Died from gas poisoning at Frevent.
Cemetery: Highgate Cemetery 52 41671

Born: 12 Dec 1879. Son of Dr. G. B. Faskally, Umzimkulu, Africa, b. 1880.
Army SideóModern II. School Prefect. Ledbury Cap; House XI Football; Lieutenant in Corps.
1899. 5th Royal Dublin Fusiliers. 2nd Lieutenant.

'He was a very fair runner but otherwise did not distinguish himself greatly at School. On leaving School he was for many years ranching in California, and when the war broke out he came home and ultimately obtained a commission in the Royal Fusiliers. After a long illness he died on Dec. 18th of last year in hospital from the results of being gassed. ' (Malvernian, Dec 1919)

Permanent Address: 70 East 66 Street, New York City.
Address for Correspondence: 31 Hill Street, Knightsbridge & 9 Hill St.

25 Jan 1918. Debility report. He has lived in the Tropics and has had Malaria in 1910. On Jan 8th 1918, he went sick with severe headaches, vomiting but no Pyrexia. Blood examined for Malaria but nothing found. He came home 21st Jan. There were no physical signs but his eyes are defective and glasses are to be worn.

He held a commission in the 23rd Royal Fusiliers and was demobilised in March 1919. Shortly after he proceeded to Poland as a Staff Captain on General Haller's staff, was invalided home in October and died from Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Exhaustion at the 3rd London General hospital on the 17th December 1919.

Gravestone inscription at Highgate Cemetery (west):
In proud and ever loving memory of Capt Percy Blake Faskally 24th Royal Fusiliers. Younger son of the late Surgeon Col. And Mrs. Faskally. He was severely gassed at Frevent in France and passed over on the 17th of December, 1919. Aged 39 years. A brave soldier.

"Would God, I had died for thee. Absolom, my son, my son." 2nd Samuel. 18 Chapt. 33rd verse.
Photograph of grave at Findagrave

Service record:WO 339/12376