Percy was the ninth of twelve children born to George and Mary Ann Theobald of Faversham, Kent. George was a hoop-bender, making barrels for gunpowder in one of the several factories that had been an important part of the local economy since the sixteenth century. Indeed, Faversham was the centre of Britain’s explosives industry until the end of the first world war.
George and Mary Ann lived to celebrate their diamond anniversary in March 1934, and posed cheerfully — their relative positions reversed from the earlier photograph — in front of their terraced house on the occasion. It was a much less formal photograph: Mary Ann is wearing her bedroom slippers.
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