Percy Walter Camplin 1881-1918

Percy Walter Camplin 1881-1918


Portrait of Percy Camplin in uniform


Percy Walter Camplin was born in Kensal on 5th April 1881. He was the fourth of five children born to John and Julia Camplin. The family were not wealthy, so all the children had to make their own way in the world. Percy opted for a career in libraries and by 1901, at the age of 19, he was a library assistant. We don't know where he worked - it may have been in one of the many Boots subscription libraries.  



Isleworth Public Library


In March 1905 , Percy was appointed to the post of Assistant Librarian in Isleworth. At that time the library was housed in the Isleworth Public Hall in South Street.  Percy was now able to support a wife and on 19th November  1905, he married Florence Elizabeth Hatton at St Mark's church, Notting Hill. Their first home was in Eve Road. Later they moved to Newton Road.



Treaty Road Library, Hounslow 1905


In 1912, Percy was appointed to the post of Chief Librarian for the borough of Heston and Isleworth. He would have worked in the Treaty Road Library, a prestigious and imposing building which had opened in 1905.The Library and Swimming Baths were demolished in the 1980s to make way for the Treaty Centre, Hounslow's first shopping centre.



First World War Cemetery at Valenciennes St Roch



Percy Camplin joined the Artists' Rifles in 1916 as a private. Later he was transferred to the Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment.He was wounded in the "100 Days" campaign in the autumn of 1918 and died on 13th November, just two days after the Armistice was signed. He is buried in Valenciennes (St Roch) Communal Cemetery.

The plaque commemorating Percy Camplin


Heston and Isleworth Council commissioned a plaque in Percy Camplin's memory. Today, the restored plaque and a photographic portrait are on display in Hounslow Library.









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